Au pair defense motion denied; jury deliberations continue
October 29, 1997
Web posted at: 2:33 p.m. EST (1933 GMT)
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (CNN) -- The judge in the murder
trial of British au pair Louise Woodward rejected a request
from the defense Wednesday to clarify his instructions to the
The motion was made by defense attorney Barry Scheck, who
said he thought jurors might be confused about what they
should or shouldn't be considering as they try to determine
the guilt or innocence of the teen.
Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Hiller Zobel told
Scheck he saw no reason to give the jury additional
instructions. Zobel said the fact that jurors had not yet
reached a verdict was not surprising, given the large amount
of evidence they must consider.
Woodward, 19, is accused of killing 8-month-old Matthew
Eappen of Newton, Massachusetts, on February 4.
The nine women and three men on the jury were in their first
full day of deliberations Wednesday after getting the case