The judge in the George Gwaze murder trial will sum up this morning, before the jury retires to consider its verdict.
The High Court trial in Christchurch has heard from 88 witnesses, spanning over 18 days.
Gwaze is accused of raping and killing his 10-year-old adopted daughter Charlene Makaza in 2007.
The prosecution and defence lawyers gave their closing arguments yesterday, with the Crown saying the girl's death resulted from suffocation and injuries due to blunt force trauma.
Crown prosecutor Brent Stanaway says any other explanation is implausible.
The defence argues Charlene Makaza died from toxic shock as a result of her undiagnosed HIV condition.
Photo: Charlene Makaza (supplied)