Lawyer: Jurors in Deedy murder trial stuck without manslaughter option

Jurors in the Christopher Deedy murder trial spent another day behind closed doors trying to reach a verdict.

Without the option of a manslaughter conviction, jurors may be having a harder time coming to an agreement. That’s according to an attorney who’s been watching the trial closely.

Defense attorney Victor Bakke was also a prosecutor for seven years. He says the lack of a manslaughter option puts jurors in a much tougher position.

Judge Karen Ahn ruled that there was no basis to allow for a manslaughter verdict. So, the jurors have to unanimously agree that Deedy was guilty of second-degree murder beyond a reasonable doubt, or find him not guilty.

“Without that option, they’re stuck in a head-to-head battle with is he guilty or not? And it is very reasonable for jurors to differ on that issue,” Bakke said.

So Bakke says add the manslaughter option as another reason why it’s taken this long for jurors to agree on a verdict. He says it’s a gamble for both sides not having it, but even more so for the prosecution because the defense can appeal a guilty verdict. But if Deedy is found innocent, the trial is over and Deedy is set free.

The jury is off Friday, so they will be back for more deliberations on Monday.

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