The New South Wales Supreme Court jury of six women and six men retired a week ago and delivered its verdict today.
Lane told police she handed over Tegan to the baby’s father, a man with whom she said she had a brief and secret affair.
But the crown contended the named father, Andrew Morris or Andrew Norris, was a fictitious person and she murdered the infant as she did not want the responsibility of a child.
Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC contended that Lane was motivated by her Olympic ambitions and also wanted to continue her active social and sex life.
Before the birth of Lane’s second child Tegan, she secretly adopted out her first baby and later did the same with her third infant.
Earlier, the jury also found Lane guilty of three counts of making a false statement on oath in relation to documents dealing with her adopting out two other babies.
Immediately after the foreman delivered the murder verdict, Lane screamed out and fell to the floor of the dock.
Her mother, who was in the public gallery, also sobbed and many jurors had tears in their eyes.
As court officers attended Lane in the dock, the judge temporarily adjourned the hearing but told the jurors they would return shortly as he wished speak to them.
Judge says while he feels ‘great sympathy’ for Keli, to grant her bail would give her ‘false hope’ as she faces ‘substantial’ jail timeUPDATE Why would they go home after retiring at only 11.15am today and deliberate to 3.45pm? Seems a bit light on for the 1st day
A Sydney jury will resume its deliberations on Tuesday at the trial of Keli Lane, who is accused of murdering her newborn baby.
The NSW Supreme Court jury of six men and six women retired at 11.15am (AEDT) on Monday and went home at 3.45pm.
The 35-year-old former water polo champion has pleaded not guilty to murdering two-day-old Tegan Lane on September 14, 1996 after they left Auburn hospital.
She has also denied three counts of making a false statement on oath in relation to documents dealing with her adopting out two other babies.
Lane told police she handed Tegan over to a man she first named as Andrew Morris, then Andrew Norris, who she said was the infant’s father.
She said she had a brief and secret affair with him.
But the crown claims he is a fictitious person and that Lane murdered Tegan as she did not want the responsibility of a child.
A JURY that will decide whether Keli Lane murdered her baby Tegan 14 years ago has begun to consider its verdicts.
On the 63rd day of the trial, which began in August, the jury was sent out by Justice Anthony to begin deliberations at about 11.15am, Sydney time
They are considering one murder charge and three counts that Lane made a false statement under oath. Three counts of perjury originally alleged have been replaced with the latter.
Lane has pleaded not guilty, and told police she gave the child to the man’s natural father – a man the Crown claims is a fictitious person.
However, Lane’s defence has argued the Crown has not proved the case beyond reasonable doubt, and have not proved conclusively the child is even dead.
Just before they began to deliberate, Justice Whealy reminded the jury they were the “fact finding tribunal”, and the “central issues are very stark and simple”.
However, he admitted that the “resolution” of those issues would be far more complex.
Fourteen jurors were empanelled in August in accordance with legislation for lengthy trials.