Hours adding up as jury deliberates 'Baby Kate' case in Mason County

Waiting for verdict in Baby Kate case

LUDINGTON, MICH. - During a four-hour morning work session, jurors at the "Baby Kate" trial were not able to reach a verdict.

Around noon Friday, Oct. 14, jurors left the Mason County courthouse and were escorted by court staff to a downtown restaurant for a lunch break.

The court said deliberations would continue after they returned.

Friday morning, jurors could be seen gathering briefly around a table inside the closed courtroom. Several exhibits used during the trial were placed on the table. Members of the jury were reviewing those items, including Kate's car seat and diaper bag.

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Jurors were at the courthouse until 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, and 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12. The jury has worked for more than 15-hours to decide the case.

Sean Phillips is the father of Katherine "Baby Kate" Phillips. She was 4 months old in 2011 when she went missing. Numerous searches around Mason County were conducted by both police and members of the public. Her body was never found.

Closing arguments from the prosecution and defense concluded around noon Wednesday, Oct. 12.

The trial began with jury selection on Sept. 26, with testimony from more than 40 witnesses since then.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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