Family murders: Day six coverage

Published: May. 18, 2022 at 7:00 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - No verdict was reached in court Wednesday for Cohen-Hancz Barron, the man accused of killing Sarah Nicole Zent, 26; her sons, Carter Matthew Zent, 5, and Ashton Duwayne Zent, 3; and daughter, Aubree Christine Zent, 2 at a home on Gay Street on June 2, 2022.

At 3:15 p.m. the jury was sequestered for the day and things will resume tomorrow at nine a.m.

Fort Wayne’s NBC News witnessed family members outside the courtroom and even near the courthouse green hugging each other and wiping away tears.

Prosecutors and the defense made their closing arguments earlier in the day.

Prosecutors say there were five people in the house and one left alive, that the suspect showed consciousness of guilt by the way he acted on the day of the murders telling his stepmom and mom that they wouldn’t want to ever speak to him again after she learned what he did.

They also say Hancz-Barron was caught in Lafayette with the knife that is consistent with the killings and that knife had his DNA on it along with some of the victims.

As for the defense, they claim the prosecution’s case is “totally circumstantial.” They questioned why some evidence was tested and other pieces of evidence were not. They then argued that none of the evidence presented points directly to Hancz-Barron.

The prosecution had the last word saying the evidence does point at the suspect. They argue items found in the truck Hancz-Barron took from the scene suggested he may have had plans to return and hide the evidence.

There were 260 pieces of evidence collected in this case as well.

The jury is at an undisclosed location Wednesday night and the judge has told them not to watch any media reports or read any news about the case.

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