CLEARWATER, Fla. (CBS/WTSP) Closing arguments have wrapped and a jury is now deliberating in the trial of Rachel Wade, 20, who is accused of stabbing Sarah Ludemann to death over a young man they were both dating.
Wade stabbed Ludemann twice in the heart with a kitchen knife in April of 2009. According to prosecutors, the stabbing was a murder, the result of a teenage love triangle. They say the two young women had spent months fighting through text messages and voicemails over Joshua Camacho.
Friday Morning, Wade was led into a Pinellas County, Florida courtroom, and then the prosecution and the defense delivered their closing arguments. Wade's parents sat in the courtroom watching the proceedings, along with about 10 of Wade's young girlfriends. Many are in college and out of school for the summer.
"We're nervous," Wade's father told CBS affiliate WTSP outside the courtroom.
She's holding up in jail "as well as can be expected," one of Wade's friends told WTSP.
On Thursday, Prosecutors played explicit voicemails from Wade left for Ludemann. In one, Wade says, "You're f**cking fat dumb, and I'm going to kill you. I swear on my life, walk out your f**cking door tonight you dumb b**tch."
Wade testified in her own defense saying that she was acting in self defense the night Ludemann was murdered. "I didn't mean to do it," Rachel sobbed. "They were coming after me. I threw my arms in the air."
Jay Hebert, her defense attorney asked her, "Were you acting in self defense?"
She answered, "Yes."
Wade faces a minimum of 20-and-a-half years in prison if convicted on the second-degree murder charge. She faces a maximum of life in prison.