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Jury to Judge: Cannot Reach Unanimous Decision in Ventura Defamation Trial

Updated: 07/28/2014 6:35 PM
Created: 07/28/2014 5:49 AM KSTP.com

The jury in the Ventura defamation trial has wrapped up its fifth day of deliberations and will be back at court Tuesday at 9 a.m.

This comes after the 10-person jury told the judge they cannot come to a unanimous decision in the Jesse Ventura defamation trial.

The jury wrote the note to the judge around 12:30 p.m. Monday. The judge sent them back to try one more time. He said, "if you do not reach a verdict, this case is going to have to be retried. ...I'm not trying to keep you here any longer than you need to be."

Jurors are weighing whether former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura was defamed by "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.

They got the case last Tuesday and deliberated about 24½ hours last week. They returned to the federal courthouse in St. Paul on Monday morning to resume their work.

Ventura says Kyle defamed him by fabricating a story in his best-selling memoir. Kyle wrote he decked Ventura in a California bar in 2006 after Ventura allegedly said Navy SEALs "deserve to lose a few."

To rule for Ventura, the jury must find by "clear and convincing evidence" that Kyle knew or believed his story was false, or had serious doubts about its truth.

Ventura's attorney has asked for millions in damages.

Kyle died in Texas last year.

The Associated Press Contributed to this Story.


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