Jury to continue deliberations Friday in trial of Brighton man accused of murder

Posted at: 12/06/2012 10:40 PM
Updated at: 12/06/2012 11:38 PM
By: Lynette Adams

After five hours of deliberating, no verdict in the trial of a Brighton man accused of murder.

The jury started around 3:00pm Thursday afternoon, but by 8:00pm, they still had questions.

Max Wyant, a 23-year-old from Brighton, will have to wait at least one more day to learn his fate. He's accused of shooting and killing his 21-year-old former roommate C.J. Schoen back in February.

The jury worked until 8:30pm Thursday, but they had several questions and the last one will have to be answered when they start again at 9:30am Friday.

It was a long day for members of Wyant's family and relatives of CJ Schoen. The weariness of the day that started at 9:00am Thursday showed on their faces as they left the courtroom Thursday night.

The jury began deliberations around 3pm. Over the next five hours, they had several questions. They wanted to know the definition of intent and self-defense. They wanted to know what constitutes criminally negligent homicide. They wanted to see pictures of the house and hear the call Schoen placed to 911. Finally, they wanted to hear the testimony of one of Wyant's roommates who walked into the house with Schoen minutes before he was killed.

In closing arguments, the prosecution told the jury Wyant intended to kill Schoen, saying he was on the phone with 911 when the defendant shot him in the back and killed him.

The defense painted a different picture, saying Schoen was a drug addict, high on bath salts when he arrived at the house and out of control.

James Nobles, defense attorney, said, “We've believed that since the beginning. I think it's a good case. A classic case of self defense.”

Michael Harrigan, prosecutor, said, “Intent can be formed in an instant so that's not something I necessarily know or have to know. but i believe he had intent. i believe he had intent in an instant and i believe he had intent before he did this.”

The jury will be back at it first thing Friday morning.
They will begin with a read back of the testimony from Steve Hartman. Hartman also lived at the house with Wyant and Schoen at one time and witnessed the shooting.