LEBANON, Ind. -- The jury began their first full day of jury deliberation at 9 a.m. and had a series of requests and a question by the end of the day.
It was a quiet day compared to other days of the Camm trial. The Renns or Camms were not at the courthouse as usual. David Camm was never brought to the courthouse either. That is because as the jury deliberates all the parties are on standby for a verdict. Once there is a verdict all parties involved will be notified two hours before a verdict is read and will have to make their way to the Boone County Courthouse.
There was a brief hearing at 2:30 p.m. that was held to review and consider requests made by the jury with Judge Jonathan Dartt, Todd Meyer, Stan Levco and Stacy Uliana present. The jury had a series of requests and a question that the judge felt each side needed to consider. The majority of the requests where to see exhibits. The prosecution and defense agreed that anything submitted into evidence should be made available to them. Levco and Uliana said the jurors should wear gloves if they were going to touch exhibits. Uliana said she didn't mind if exhibits were given to them as long as it was displayed in a controlled environment.
The jury asked only one question: "Why can't half of the alternate jurors be excused?" Dartt reacted with a lot of caution and said he felt uncomfortable with letting any of them go. He recalled a time where he had lost three jurors in one day. "I'd hate to have gone through this whole process and come up a juror short," Dartt said. Levco felt that excusing some of the alternates was the "humane thing to do" and Uliana said she didn't mind excusing some as long as there was a mandate not to talk to the media. Dartt decided that he would not let any of them go at this time.
The Renns' family lawyer, Nick Stein, made a statement on behalf of the family saying it is agonizing for the Renns as they wait for a verdict. He said they are spending the time with a family friend and watching television. He said they are "troopers" and are "holding up really well."
The jury left the Boone County Courthouse at around 6 p.m. Wednesday.