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<p>With wet snow falling outside, friends and family of women Robert Pickton is accused of killing settled into the New Westminster courthouse yesterday for their third day of waiting.</p>

Pickton jury still in deliberations


With wet snow falling outside, friends and family of women Robert Pickton is accused of killing settled into the New Westminster courthouse yesterday for their third day of waiting.



The jury has been sequestered since Friday, trying to reach a decision in the murder of six women who disappeared from the Downtown Eastside.



Family members — some wrapped in colourful knit blankets — sat in groups of five or six chatting quietly. Some crocheted while others worked on a 1,000-piece puzzle to pass the time.



"(The waiting) has been very tense," said Rick Frey, father of Marnie Frey, who disappeared in August 1997.



"As it goes on you think more and more and more: When is the decision going to come down? What are they thinking in there? All sorts of things go through your mind. It’s been rough on everybody."



The five-man, seven-woman jury began deliberations Friday night. They’ll be sequestered for 12 hours a day until they reach a decision.



In his instructions, Justice James Williams told the jury that if they feel the evidence doesn’t support a first-degree murder charge, they can convict on a lesser charge for one or all of the six counts.



Jurors can also find Pickton guilty if they think other people took part in the murders.




jeff.hodson@metronews.ca


 
 
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