Only a six-member jury separates Joseph and Cynthia Clancy from vindication or condemnation.
The local couple will find out Monday whether the panel that watched four days of trial testimony this week believes them to be thieves or simply two people who tried to help an elderly lady avoid financial ruin.
Assistant State Attorney Mike Halkitis wrapped up the state's case this morning, completing his portrayal of the Clancys as opportunists who took advantage of Eloise Mudway's age to steal her house and improve their financial status.
The Clancys still live in the house at 9510 Hilltop Drive, which Mudway purchased with her late husband in 1980.
Defense attorneys Dean Livermore and Mark Goettel completed their case later today, one that depicted the couple as benevolent caretakers who had Mudway's home transferred to Cynthia Clancy only to save it from foreclosure. Livermore and Goettel contend that Mudway, now 92, simply spent herself into financial ruin and had to be rescued.
The Clancys are each charged with one count of grand theft from a person over the age of 65, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Attorneys will give their closing arguments Monday morning before jurors begin deliberating.
They'll have plenty to consider.
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