LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Nine hours into deliberations in the murder trial of Joseph Banis, the jury called it a night. Banis is one of two men accused of murdering a man and hiding the body in a wine cellar in a basement.
The jury is being sequestered in a hotel for the night. They’ll return at 9:30 Friday morning for a possible verdict.
Throughout the evening, the legal teams, judge, defendant, and jury were in and out of the courtroom as the jury passed questions to the judge. Eventually, the judge brought the jury in and gave them a 20 minute deadline to give him a progress report. That was pushed to nearly an hour when one juror got the wrong dinner order at about 9:00 p.m. Finally, the foreman told the judge they were close to a verdict and wanted to continue. However, at 10:15 p.m., the jury told the judge they would like to break for the night.
Judge Mitch Perry gave them brief instructions and told them to be ready to return to the deliberation room by 9:30 Friday morning.