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Published November 20, 2012, 09:24 PM

Closing arguments mark jury’s time to decide Norberg case

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The jury will begin deliberating the case of Dr. Jon Norberg tomorrow morning.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The jury will begin deliberating the case of Dr. Jon Norberg tomorrow morning.

In closing arguments today, attorneys attacked the opposite side, before the jury was sent home at about 5.

Passionate closing arguments played out in Cass County Court.

Gary Euren, Cass County Asst. States Atty: "It's not about the divorce, it's about Alonna Norberg being drugged with propofol and Dr. Jon Norberg having sexual intercourse with her."

Jon Norberg is accused of injecting his wife Alonna with propofol about 30 times over 18 months before raping her.

Prosecutors say Alonna did not know she was receiving propofol, and once she did asked him to stop.

Euren: "She tells Dr. Jon Norberg, her husband, 'Do not ever give me that stuff again and get it out of our house.'"

But they claim Jon Norberg continued, without consent or proper medical equipment to monitor his wife.

Euren: "He had an oxygen supply? No. He had a bag mask device to deliver oxygen or even just forced air? No."

But the defense argued the credibility of Dr. Alonna Norberg's testimony.

Robert Hoy, Defense Attorney: "There is not one shred of physical evidence in this case to support their case. Everything else, you trace it back, everything else originates with Alonna Norberg."

Defense attorney Hoy says Alonna has severe mental health issues and made up the entire thing.

Claiming she was trying to gain ground in the couple's divorce and custody battle.

Hoy: "Desperate people will do desperate things. I think that's exactly what's taken place in this case."

He says Alonna has a narcotics dependency, and was the one who asked for the drug.

Hoy: "She doesn't want you to know she was a willing participant in this course of treatment, like she had been for 18 months."

Claiming his client was only trying to treat her chronic pain.

Hoy: "So that she could again be the wife and mother that she wanted to be and that he was longing to have back."

Now up to the jury, to decide if Dr. Jon Norberg could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

The jury begins deliberations tomorrow morning at 8:30