6 p.m. EST, June 22: Penalty deliberations begin

After adecision that found the Rev. Amy DeLong guilty of one charge and not guilty of another, the church trial court began to hear presentations related to the possible penalties. Counsels for the church and for DeLong are expected to make final arguments in the morning. The jury will then begin deliberating. More information will be posted as soon as possible.

United Methodist News Service reporter Heather Hahn and photographer Mike DuBose are covering the trial and will post coverage here as well as on the UMNS Facebook page and Flickr.

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