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Cesar Laurean Verdict Watch!

08/23/2010

At 1:17 pm, Judge Smith gave the jury the charges and instructions and at 1:45  pm the jury was sent from the courtroom to elect a foreperson.  At 1:47 pm the verdict forms are delivered to the jury room and they are ready to begin deliberations.

Judge Smith tells the jury he likes to operate within normal court hours, but if they wish to deliberate past 5 pm, they may.

Laurean’s fate now rests in their hands!

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  1. Ritanita
    08/23/2010 at 2:43 pm

    All I can say is, let’s hope the verdict is not announced during the new news feed drip! Grrrrrrrrrrrr…. INDEED!

  2. Justice?
    08/23/2010 at 4:20 pm

    This whole trial was ridiculous. Why did the Judge removed any possibility of Cesar being convicted on a lesser charge of murder. It is obvious, that at the very least, Cesar is aware of what happened to Maria. However; the state was unable to deliver that smoking gun evidence proving Malice aforethought and premeditation which they must prove in order to convict on 1st Degree. There are too many unanswered questions to convict him of first degree murder but there may be enough circumstantial evidence to win a conviction for a lesser charge such as Second Degree murder which also can carry a life sentence in NC or even aggravated manslaughter? How could they prove premeditation, with malice aforethought if there was NO communication between Cesar and Maria after the MPO was issued, there are no eye witnesses and there is really no solid evidence as to what exactly happened? Cesar should definitely do time, and lot of it, but he is in America and is entitled to a fair trial. Guess we’ll see.

  3. donchais
    08/23/2010 at 5:26 pm

    I’m not so sure there was NO communication between Cesar and Maria. It will be the jury who decides!

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