ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A jury will soon begin deliberating the fate of the woman accused of killing a mother and daughter in a stolen van. Closing arguments in the Elexus Groves trial were presented Wednesday, with the state trying to convince the jury this was murder.
Groves is charged with first-degree depraved mind murder in the death of 14-year-old Shaylee Boling and her mother, Shaunna. Groves admits she was high on meth and driving a stolen van when she struck the family’s car near Copper and Juan Tabo in 2017.
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However, Groves maintains she’s not a killer and doesn’t deserve to be convicted of murder. During their closings, the defense agreed and said Groves is not the person she was back then. “Ms. Groves has owned up to those mistakes. She admitted it, she took the stand, she didn’t have to,” said Douglas Wilber, Groves’ attorney.
Groves’ defense team made much of their closing argument about Paul Garcia, who took a plea deal in the case. If the jury finds Groves guilty of the depraved mind murder, she could face life in prison. That charge means one committed an act that was a great danger to the lives of others without regard to human life. With that charge, prosecutors don’t have to prove intent to kill.
If convicted of first-degree murder, Groves faces a life sentence.