Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Cutts jurors prepare for first night in a hotel

Well .. the patience jurors in the Bobby Cutts murder trial took two weeks ago in determining his guilt has continued with his penalty phase.

Jurors began deliberating around 10 a.m. today; they must decide if Bobby Cutts deserves the death penalty or life in prison and then make their recommendation to Judge Charles Brown.

Two weeks ago, this jury spent three nights sequestered in a hotel before reaching their decisions on the fourth day of deliberations.

Now, we're told the judge intends to send them to the hotel in about 45 minutes (5:30 p.m.) and is already making preparations for deliberations to continue tomorrow.

I put together a story for tonight's 6 and 6:30 p.m. newscasts based on the closing arguments ... and knowing all along that if a verdict came in this afternoon, the story I'd composed would never see the light of day. Yet, if it the quiet of the courthouse holds true for a little while longer, my pre-planning will have paid off.

Bobby Cutts' family has already left for the night ... so they must feel there won't be a verdict coming today. Stay tuned. EM

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