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Jury deliberating case against Candy Lawson, charged with starving sister

Candy Lawson sits in court on Thursday during her trial for unlawful imprisonment, abuse and...
Candy Lawson sits in court on Thursday during her trial for unlawful imprisonment, abuse and embezzlement related to her adoptive sister, Dianna. (WJRT)
Published: Sep. 25, 2017 at 11:39 AM EDT
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(9/25/2017) - Jury deliberations are under way in the case against Candy Lawson, who is accused of locking her special needs sister in a closet for seven years.

Closing arguments and jury instructions wrapped up Monday morning before the jury began deliberating.

Lawson is accused of starving her sister, Dianna, and keeping her locked in a closet. Dianna, who cannot hear or speak, weighed just 71 pounds when police found her in 2014 after a contractor working in the house reported the situation.

Lawson testified in her own defense during the trial last week, saying Dianna was part of a loving home, always well fed and kept clean. Lawson had custody of Dianna and another brother, who also had special needs, after their mother died.