Jury enters day five of deliberations in Craig Rideout murder trial


    The jury in the Craig Rideout murder trial reconvened Monday morning for a fourth day of deliberations. On Friday, July 21, 2017, Paul Tucci and Laura Rideout walk into court. (WHAM photo)

    Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Day four of deliberations in the Craig Rideout murder trial ended without a verdict. The judge said this been a grueling and exhausting trial, as the defense team raised concerns about one of the jurors.

    The concerns center around juror number 8, a woman who is one of the youngest on the jury. The defense team says she was seen crying and visibly emotional Friday, in what they call a drastic shift from her demeanor over the past month.

    The defense raised concerns about her ability to deliberate behind closed doors, saying she is no longer fit to serve as a juror. With that, all four defense lawyers filed separate motions for mistrials. The judge quickly denied those requests.

    The prosecution and the judge said this trial is overwhelming, emotionally and factually, for all involved. Judge Moran made it clear that no verdict after four days of deliberating is nothing out of the ordinary for a case of this magnitude, with four defendants and multiple charges - including murder - against all four.

    He said the one juror had a bad day Friday, but was back to herself Monday.

    Paul Tucci's lawyer said he appreciates the jury and their meticulous work.

    "It clearly is draining on everyone," Michael Schiano said. "You can tell from the judge to the attorneys to the jurors, it's very draining on everyone. It's trying, and everyone knew it was going to be very difficult for them to look at all the evidence and come to four separate verdicts for four separate defendants."

    Alex Rideout's lawyer said the jurors are all talking and making progress. She said there is absolutely no sign of a hung jury.

    Monday, the jury also asked to see specific evidence including bloody pants, shoes and shirts up close, not in photographs. The prosecution held up six items one by one, and the jury scrutinized the items for several minutes.

    The jurors will be back at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning to continue deliberating.

    We'll continue to update this story as it develops.

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