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Jury now deliberating in Koikos vehicular homicide trial

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Published: Apr. 23, 2021 at 11:05 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 23, 2021 at 10:22 PM EDT
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UPDATE 5:30 p.m.: A jury in the vehicular homicide trial of Nikoleta Koikos has been deliberating for six and half hours now.

The jury just asked the judge if it can view more excerpts from a police body cam recording and more video of Koikos being questioned at TPD Headquarters.

The jury has been brought back into the courtroom to watch the videos.

The jury could deliberate for some time. The judge says they have already received a menu to order dinner and some jurors are making childcare arrangements for this evening.

UPDATE 2:45 p.m.: There was a knock at the jury room door at approximately 2:30 p.m. as jurors requested another look at two officer body cam videos and a video of Nikoleta Koikos’ interview with investigators at Tallahassee Police Headquarters.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - A jury is now deliberating in the vehicular homicide trial of Nikoleta Koikos.

Koikos is accused of running over her boyfriend Gary Diskerud during an argument on Killarney Way in Jan. 2019.

Attorneys delivered nearly two hours of closing arguments to the jury Friday morning.

Koikos’ defense attorney, David Collins, told the jury there was no evidence that her boyfriend was dragged by the car and as soon as she realized he’d been hit, she turned around and called 911.

“It’s sad. It’s a tragedy,” Collins said. “She did what anyone would do after this accident.”

Collins said Koikos’ story has remained the same from the first officer on scene until a lengthy interview with TPD investigators. He rebuffed the testimony of one officer who testified he thought Koikos’ grief was not real.

In their final arguments to the jury, prosecutors painted a picture of a “full-fledged domestic argument” inside the couple’s car, telling the jury when Diskerud got out, Koikos climbed into the driver’s seat and “punched the gas.”

“Why would she do that? because she was high as a kite,” he argued.

The prosecutor, James Beville, showed pictures of the boyfriend’s injuries to the jury in his final rebuttal. “That doesn’t happen when you trip and fall,” the prosecutor said.

“Do I think she intended to kill him?” Beville asked the jury. “No, but in that moment she didn’t care.”

“This is tragic. There are no winners in this,” Beville told the jury. “But that does not absolve her of her responsibility.”

Jurors started deliberating just before 11 a.m. Friday.

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