Jury Deliberates in Cook Trial

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

May 10, 2006

The jury will deliberate for a second day in the trial of a man accused of assaulting two Charlottesville police officers.

After seven hours of deliberations, no verdict was reached in the Kerry Cook Trial.

Before going home for the night, jurors told the judge they were close to coming to a verdict. They said they had reached a decision on one of the charges but not on the other two and wanted the evening to think about it.

Cook is charged with assault and battery of two Charlottesville police officers and with resisting arrest.

A special prosecutor in this case argued that the two officers were called out to a domestic incident at Friendship Court in August 2004. He said they encountered Cook hiding in the closet.

Cook had five outstanding warrants for his arrest and he tried to flee the scene. A struggle ensued and one police officer shot Cook in the stomach.

The officers have since been cleared of any wrongdoing. It is Cook who now faces charges of assaulting those officers.

Cook took the stand in his defense today and said he didn't know the two men were police officers and that he was fighting for his life that night.

Hours before adjourning for the night, the jury asked the judge questions. They wondered if they could convict Cook of assault and not battery. The judge said they could not.

The jury will continue deliberating at 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning. Cook faces up to 11 years in prison.

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