The families of Robert Pickton’s alleged victims battled boredom and fatigue yesterday as jury deliberations entered a fifth day.
"(The waiting) is the same as it’s been everyday," said Lynn Frey, stepmother to victim Marnie Frey, as she left the New Westminster courthouse for lunch.
Pickton is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of 26 women who disappeared from the Downtown Eastside. He is on trial for the first six and is expected to face the other 20 at a later date.
Jurors began deliberating Friday afternoon after a 10-month trial that included testimony from 128 witnesses. A decision could come at any day.
"I’m really tired," said Lori-Ann Ellis, sister-in-law of victim Cara Ellis.
"Getting to bed in the wee hours and getting up in the wee hours is beginning to take its toll."
Ellis, who was listening to a book on tape yesterday, is finding the boredom "unbelievable." She said some victim family members were getting sick from constantly darting out into the cold rain to have a smoke.
But despite the gloom, she was optimistic that a judgment is imminent.
"There’s electricity in the air today," she said. "It feels like it’ll be any minute."