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Au pair defense motion denied; jury deliberations continue

Scheck 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 jury.

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 Tuesday afternoon.


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