Our earlier story:

"He's a cold-blooded, calculating murderer," said Deschutes County District Attorney Patrick Flaherty, taking a verbal swing at Steven Blaylock in his final words to the jury.

Testimony in Blaylock's murder trial is over, and on Thursday morning, the jury began deliberations, to decide if he's innocent or guilty.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys gave their closing arguments to jurors all day Wednesday.

Blaylock is charged with murder, but at the defense's request, he could be convicted of a lesser charge.

In order for Blaylock to be convicted of murder, all 12 jurors must unanimously find him guilty.

If 10 or more jurors find he's not guilty of murder, then they will deliberate on a possible conviction on manslaughter in the first or second degree.

But first they have to consider murder, and only murder.

Four men and eight women make up the 12-member jury, and on Wednesday, defense attorney T.J. Spear told them even in this highly emotional case -- their job is to remain void of emotion.

"You have to sift through the evidence and be dispassionate and objective when you determine what happened on Oct. 27 (2010)," Spear told the jurors.

Prosecutors say Steven Blaylock strangled his wife, then suffocated her with a pillow.

His defense team says he did strangle his wife, but it was Lori Blaylock who tried to suffocate him.

Inside the courtroom during closing arguments, there were so many people in support of Lori Blaylock and Steven Blaylock that people were literally sitting on the floor just to hear prosecutors and the defense team's final words to the jury.

And apparently for the first time since his trial began, Blaylock wiped away tears.

Sitting right behind Blaylock during all of this were his parents and other members of his family, and in another "first" Wednesday -- his family spoke out.

The Blaylocks released a statement about domestic violence and how according to their research, in 40 out of every 100 cases, it's the woman in the relationship who abuses the man. (However, Saving Grace, a Bend organization that supports abuse victims, says on its Website that in 90 percent of heterosexual relationships that result in domestic abuse, the victim is female.)

The family went on to say that according to oregoncounseling.org, one of the major contributing factors is often alcohol abuse.

The statement went on to say: "It is a very real disease with very real consequences. If there is any silver lining in this whole ordeal, it our hope that someone facing such a situation will find the courage to get the help they need before it's too late."

Also in the statement, the Blaylocks talked about their love for Lori, saying: "Our family has been devastated by the loss of Lori Blaylock and offer our prayers to all those affected by this tragedy, she was a member of our family too."

The Blaylocks said they only spoke out to ask the public to respect their privacy, especially for the sake of Steven's two kids.

The jury began deliberations at 8:30 am on Thursday. We're monitoring the courtroom and will have the verdict, and reaction to it, here on KTVZ.COM and on NewsChannel 21.