Jan 22, 2014 11:30 PM by Connie Murphy

Trial opens for mother charged in 2 boys' deaths

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A trial is underway for a Palisade woman charged with criminally negligent homicide and fatal child abuse after her two young sons died from overheating when she left them in her SUV.

The Denver Post reports that during opening statements Wednesday, prosecutors portrayed Heather Jensen as lying and selfish, while her lawyer described her as a lonely widow trying to protect her children.

Investigators say Jensen's 2- and 4-year-old sons died in November 2012 when she left them in her SUV with the motor running and the heater on while she had sex and smoked marijuana in another vehicle nearby.

Her husband had died in a car less than two months earlier. Jensen sobbed loudly as the attorneys made their statements.

A jury was chosen earlier Wednesday.


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