The jury deliberating the guilt or innocence of Keith Phoenix, passed two notes to Judge Patricia Di Mango. She answered the jury’s questions before sending them off to deliberate further.
First, the jury asked: if proven that the defendant acted with another person but the identity of the other person is not known, does that affect the charges in question. Judge Di Mango answered no, that the identity of the other perpetrator does not matter.
The jury asked for clarification on the meaning of intent and motive.
Judge Di Mango said that intent was defined as conscious intent or purpose. Intent was needed to be proved by the people on all 10 charges.
After the clarification, Judge Di Mango sent the jury back to deliberate further.