Wednesday was day one of jury deliberations in the Paul Novak murder trial. Novak is accused of killing his estranged wife, Catherine, back in 2008 and then setting fire to the home to cover it up. Eva McKend has more.
MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- The jury has been deliberating since early Wednesday morning. So far, they asked the court to read back testimony and for several pieces of evidence.
The jury wanted to hear the testimony of Thomas Decker. For a short period of time in 2008, Decker was Paul Novak and Michelle LaFrance's landlord. Contrary to the testimony of the prosecution's star witnesses, Decker says he did not hear anyone come in out of the Long Island apartment on December 13th, 2008. He spoke of a motion sensor light that never went off.
The jury also asked to hear the testimony of Melard Jennings, another defense witness. Jennings is a chemist who spoke to how it would be implausible for someone with no background in chemistry to successfully make chloroform. The prosecution pushed back in that testimony, arguing just because Novak couldn't make the chemical doesn't mean he didn't try.
The jury also asked for several exhibits, including crime scene photos.