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3rd Day Of Deliberation In Spokane Officer's Trial

UPDATE: A federal jury in Yakima may be close to a decision on its third day of deliberation in the trial of Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson.

He is accused of using excessive force against Otto Zehm, who died in a 2006 confrontation at a convenience store.

The case went to jurors on Monday. On Tuesday they took another look at surveillance video at the store and Thompson's statement.

If convicted of violating civil rights and lying to investigators, Thompson could be sentenced to a maximum 20 years in prison. Thompson's defense lawyer says he followed his training to
respond to a perceived threat.

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UPDATE: The jury has once again returned to the courtroom to listen to the audio recording of Karl Thompson's interview after the incident. The jury had returned to the jury room after listening to the first hour of the interview, but now has returned to the courtroom listening to a portion or all of the last half hour of Thompson's recorded statement.

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UPDATE: The jury has asked, as it is allowed, to re-listen to an audio recording previously presented in the case. In a message to Judge Fred Van Sickle the jury wrote, "May we please re-listen to the audio statement from Officer Karl Thompson?" In a prior court ruling it was determined if the jury listens to audio statements or video evidence, it must be done in the courtroom with attorneys present.
 
Karl Thompson is currently sitting next to his Defense Attorney Carl Oreskovich inside the William Douglas Courtroom in Yakima.Thompson is wearing a green suit coat with khaki pants as he listens to the audio statement he provided four days after the Zip Trip incident which originally took place on March 18, 2006. U.S. Department of Justice Attorney Victor Boutros is present on the prosecution side along with a few other members of his legal team.
 
Deliberations continue now as it nears 24 hours since closing arguments finished. It is expected that deliberations for the day would end around 4:30, 5' o clock, assuming the jury does not reach a verdict by then.
 
Thompson is charged with the use of excessive force and lying to investigators in the 2006 death of Otto Zehm. If found guilty Thompson faces a maximum sentence of 20 years and a $250,000 fine for lying to investigators and an additional 10 years and a $250,000 fine for the use of excessive force.
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