Nancy Solomon, Managing Editor, New Jersey Public Radio
Nancy Solomon is the Managing Editor of New Jersey Public Radio.
Jurors did not reach a verdict Thursday and will continue deliberations Friday in the trial of a former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate, who killed himself days later.
Twenty-year-old Dharun Ravi faces 15 criminal charges, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation, a hate crime. Thursday was the second day of deliberations for the seven women and five men.
There was no word and no questions from the jury today.
On Wednesday, after 45 minutes of deliberations, they asked the judge to explain teh bias intimidation charge, the hate crime that carries the most series sentence for Ravi.
The jurors also asked the judge to define “intimidation” and “purpose.” They must come to unanimous agreement on 15 charges and a verdict sheet with 35 questions.
Ravi's freshman-year roommate, Tyler Clementi, jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge in September 2010, just days after Clementi's intimate encounter with another man.
Jurors have 12 days of testimony from about 30 witnesses to consider.