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Jury Deliberations Spill Over To Saturday In Cooper Trial

Jury deliberations in the Brian Cooper murder trial will continue into a second day Saturday.

The panel from Wood County could not reach a decision Friday after four and a half days in court and approximately nine hours of deliberation. Jurors were sequestered in a room at about 11:30 Friday morning and were only allowed to communicate with Judge Todd Ehlers via written note.

The entire courtroom sat in silence as District Attorney Ray Pelrine timed out two minutes during his closing statement, making a point about how long two minutes really is. The 12-member jury from Wood County will continue deliberating Saturday.

 

That was the fourth note Ehlers received from the jury and it came at 8:30 Friday evening. Earlier in the day they asked for the transcript of the first of two interviews Door County Sheriff's Detective Mark Winkel conducted with Cooper and also asked for a clarification of the definition of the word "intent" as it relates to the voluntary intoxication clause. The jury’s third note again asked for clarification regarding the definition of "intent" and requested the transcripts from Cooper’s 911 call and the second interview conducted by Winkel.

Cooper is charged with two counts of first degree intentional homicide and one count of third degree sexual assault.

The 12-member jury will begin deliberations again Saturday at 8 a.m.

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