DAY 3: Jury asks to see more exhibits in Kilpatrick corruption case on day 3 of deliberations

DETROIT (WXYZ) - The jury in the Kilpatrick Corruption Case once again asked to see exhibits from both the prosecution and the defense on day 3 of deliberations.

Also on Thursday, staff members from the defense teams removed boxes filled with items that were used during the trial from the courthouse.

Legal teams from both sides of the case have had their own conference rooms inside the court for the 5-month trial. Now they are clearing them out as they wait for the jury.

Eight women and four men are deciding the fate of former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his father Bernard Kilpatrick and his friend Bobby Ferguson.  They are accused of running a criminal enterprise out of city hall.

Bernard Kilpatrick's Defense lawyer John Shea says the fact that the jury is asking to see more exhibits is not unusual.

"It's just housekeeping, and the judge needs to communicate with the lawyers that these notes are coming out but it's not like there's any real decision making that's being made," said Shea.

The jury is expected to take at least a week if not longer to render a verdict.

"Everybody expected that after a trial of this length and this kind of complexity, that it would take a while, so it hasn't thrown anybody.  This is just completely expected, and you just sort of let the process take its course… Nothing in this case has been quick, so what it's like for us -- you try to stay on top of other work that you've been putting off for 5 months," said Shea.

The 7 Action News Investigators will bring you news of a verdict once the jury has reached one. Stay with Deliberations resume at 9 a.m. Friday.


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