Jobe jury put on hold

Judge Charles Doneghy
Judge Charles Doneghy

It was expected the trial would have closing arguments Thursday, and the jury would go into deliberation. Instead, the jury was sent home by Judge Charles Doneghy.

The judge said all the legal details were not ready, and that he didn't want to rush the jury.

Our News 11 legal expert Jerry Phillips said the last thing you want to do is rush the jury. If you do, it could risk serious problems including having the case tried again.

In court, Doneghy said, "For the life of me, I couldn't think of why I didn't follow the plan that I originally set." He issued apologies and excuses as to why he didn't give the jury the day off as planned. He added, "I said if we can get this done, we might be able to finish a little early."

Phillips agrees Doneghy did the right thing by letting jurors go for the rest of the day. "The overriding concern is to make sure it's a fair trial."

Judge Doneghy said, "Yesterday, I think we all left here kind of tired after another long day."

Phillips explained any mistakes made now could be cause for a mistrial. "They want to make sure they get it right the first time. You don't want to have to try a case like this again."

Prosecutors and the defense are still trying to agree on terms and instructions for the jury when they deliberate.

The jury returns at 9 a.m. Friday morning. The defense has not yet rested its case, however it's expected closing arguments will take place Friday and the jury will begin deliberations. It is possible the jury could reach a verdict Friday.

Live coverage of the trial will be on wtol.com and on News 11 Now, which can be found on Buckeye Digital 111.

Posted by LS