Jury deliberating in Kessinger murder trial

Diane Tanselle (Source; WAVE 3 Archives)
Diane Tanselle (Source; WAVE 3 Archives)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The jury is now deliberating in the murder trial of Thomas Kessinger. He's charged with killing his business partner, 51-year-old Diane Tanselle, in April 2010 then wrapping her in a tarp and leaving her body in her van in a Lyndon apartment complex parking lot.

Tanselle's body was not found until six days after she was last seen. The medical examiner testified the body was too decomposed to determine a cause of death. Because of that, Steve Schroering, Kessinger's attorney, said it is possible she died from heart disease, a condition the medical examiner testified she had. The medical examiner also testified that hydrcodone, oxycodone and alcohol were found in Tanselle's system.

Schroering said when Tanselle died Kessinger freaked out and disposed of the body because he was afraid if he called police they would find the hundreds of pot plants he was growing in his Lyndon home.

In her closing, Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Erin White told the jury just because there was no cause of death found doesn't mean Kessinger didn't kill Tanselle. White said the evidence that shows Kessinger buying the tarp she was found in after she died and Tanselle's cell phone thrown in the woods in his backyard.

Kessinger is facing murder, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse.

The jury, which has been hearing testimony since Tueday, received the case at 11:40 a.m.

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