DENVER - Closing arguments are expected Friday in the trial of a man who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges related to the kidnapping and sexual assault of an 8-year-old girl.
Bret Lee Luckett Thompson is on trial for the crime that happened in June 2011. Defense attorneys admitted during opening statements that Thompson kidnapped and sexually assaulted the girl, but he has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
According to Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney, the jury was sent home Thursday afternoon. Lawyers and the judge worked on instructions for the jurors during the remainder of the day and plan to reconvene Friday.
Kimbrough said the DA will call two more rebuttal witnesses before attorneys begin to present closing arguments Friday.
The case presented by prosecutors included dramatic testimony from the victim, who is now 10 years old. She said she was playing with a friend in an alley when a man pulled up in a van and asked for help putting a box in the trash.
The girl, who is not being named, said the man lifted her up so she could place the box in a large trash bin, then put her in his van and drove off.
The girl said she asked him to pinky promise he wouldn't hurt her.
She said the man drove her to a garage and took off her pants.
"He took out his man part and put it in on my private part," the girl testified, and then she started crying.
The defense has called witnesses to support the claim of mental illness, including Thompson's foster mother Sylvia Luckett.
She was asked if he was in his "right mind" on June 2 -- the day of the kidnapping -- and she testified, "I don't think he was."