Defense attorney Craig Albee told the jury that "facts will prove that Mark Jensen did not kill his wife. Depression and despair caused [Julie] to taken her own life." Albee continued to tell the jury that Julie framed Mark by leaving the letter making it look like he harmed her because "her depression and her despair and her anger and her delusional thinking caused her to point the finger at Mark."
Dr. Richard Borman, Julie's long-time physician, testified that she came to see him days before her death and that he was worried.
"She was highly upset. It was burned into my mind. I'd never seen her look like that. She was distraught, almost frantic, actually," he said. Borman said Julie was concerned about her family's previous history with mental illness, particularly her mother's life-long struggle with alcoholism and serious depression. Borman prescribed her Paxil and Ambien.
Ultimately, the jury did not believe that Julie committed suicide. The prosecution's case ran five weeks and the defense took just five days. Mark did not take the stand in his defense.
The jury took four days to deliberate and before a packed courtroom, the foreman read a verdict of guilty in the murder of Julie Jensen.
Albee said he's "convinced the jury reached the wrong decision" and is "hopeful that Mark will get a new trial."
On Feb. 27, 2008, Mark Jensen, 48, was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
But in a stunning new development just last week, another U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a different case seemed to narrow the legal definition of the principle under which Julie's letter had been admitted, a principle known as "forfeiture."
This new ruling may open a window for Jensen to file an appeal.
In the meantime, Julie's two sons, ages 18 and 13, are being raised by his wife and former mistress. Jensen remains in prison.