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Anne Norris admits she caused the death of Marcel Reardon, but says she was not criminally responsible.

That was the information presented to the jury Monday morning as Norris’ first-degree murder trial got underway. Norris was charged after the death of Reardon in St. John’s in 2016.

The Crown and defence have an agreed statement of facts that Norris struck Reardon in the head with a hammer that she had purchased the day before. She then hid his body under the stairs at Harbour View Apartments and put the hammer in a backpack, which she later threw into St. John’s Harbour.

The defence is urging the jury to consider Norris’ mental state at the time.

The jury of seven men and five women is expected to hear evidence for the next four weeks. The jurors will have to decide whether or not Norris is criminally responsible.

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