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Jamie Page's family and attorney react after not guilty verdict

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Jamie Page has been found not guilty of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of her boyfriend, Jacob Van Zant.  Jurors reached a verdict after nearly five hours of deliberations.

Page was emotional after the verdict was read.  She hugged her attorney and blew kisses at her family in the courtroom.

Page's aunt, Janet Graves, told 13 News after the verdict was read, "We knew she was innocent.  We're just glad that everyone else saw it because I mean, there was no evidence there. She loved him. She was gonna marry him. We're just glad they saw it because she was innocent. "

Page's attorney, Paul Vella, said the jury made the right call.

"They were able to see what really happened. It was an accident. There was no criminal act involved," said Vella.


Earlier Monday morning attorneys gave their closing arguments in this case.

Prosecutors said after Van Zant deleted some photos off his girlfriend, Page's Facebook account, it caused the two to fight. They said Page turned violent, beating and attacking Van Zant before stabbing him in the heart.

The defense painted a different picture.  Her attorney argued Page did not intentionally stab Van Zant.  Vella said Page intended to hurt herself with the knife, but Van Zant tried to get it from her and he was accidentally stabbed.

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A Belvidere woman accused of killing her boyfriend last year goes on trial. One of the first pieces of evidence presented was her own 911 call."He's having a seizure. I had a knife in my hand, he slipped, he fell. I don't.....," yelled Jamie Page on the morning of February 2, 2013.

Page sat crying while prosecutors played the tape. She told dispatchers her boyfriend, Jacob Van Zant, 20, fell on a knife. The state says that would be the first of many stories she would tell police about how Van Zant.

The state says the two argued and Page grabbed a knife. The defense says she had it to cut herself and Van Zant grabbed it and she accidentally stabbed him in the chest. But prosecutors say she attacked him that night.

"You will hear in her own words that she punched him, she slapped him. She wanted him to get away from her," says Victor Escarcida, Boone County Deputy State's Attorney.

"Jacob tried to take that knife away from her. She was trying to get him away. She was like get away. She had the knife in her hand and it stuck in his chest," says Paul Vella, Defense Attorney.

Page is on trial for murder. She has plead not guilty.

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