TODAY   |  February 28, 2014

Decision in Kerry Kennedy case expected today

Deliberations resume today in the Kerry Kennedy “drugged driving” trial. If convicted, she could face a year in jail, a fine, and suspension of her license. NBC’s Katy Tur reports.

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>>> well, a verdict could come today at the drugged driving trial of kerry kennedy as deliberations enter a second day now. nbc's katy tur in white plains, new york , this morning. good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning, savannah. the jury of two women and four men deliberated for about 45 minutes yesterday before returning home. they'll resume once again this morning. now, if she is convicted, she faces a fine, a year in jail, and a suspended license. 54-year-old kerry kennedy leaving court after closing arguments, pushing her mother ethel in a wheelchair. the kennedy matriarch supporting her daughter throughout the drugged driving trial this week. kennedy the seventh of 11 children of robert f. kennedy is charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence . she allegedly sideswiped a tractor-trailer on a highway in west chester county, new york . kennedy has long maintained her innocence.

>> i remember getting on the highway and then i have no memory until i was stopped at a traffic light and a police officer was at my car door.

>> reporter: in closing arguments thursday, kennedy 's defense argued that common sense and the lack of evidence will tell you there's no proof she was aware she ingested the zolpedan a generic form of ambien. she testified the morning of the accident, she mistakenly took a sleeping pill instead of her thyroid medication on her way to the gym. dr. david benjamin, a clinical pharmacologist testified for the defense.

>> went for a long time without having any problem at all and then hit her like a ton of bricks.

>> reporter: in her closing, prosecutor doreen lloyd insisted that kennedy must have felt drowsy or dizzy before the accident. when someone falls asleep, they get tired, they get drowsy. they rest their eyes and fall asleep. lloyd closed by referencing kennedy 's own book "speak truth to power" telling the jury, you will speak truth to power and convict kerry kennedy of the crime she committed. kennedy is also the ex-wife of new york governor andrew cuomo . now, to convict her, the jury has to find that, yes, she was driving, yes, she was driving under the influence of a drug, and yes, she knew that she had taken that drug. savannah?

>> and that's the last point in contention. katy, thank you so much.