In weeks 9 and 10 of Nick Slatten’s retrial, the jury continued to deliberate. As of Thursday, August 23, 2018, the jury has deliberated 9.5 days.
It is difficult to fathom the jury, at minimum, not having reasonable doubt as to Nick’s identity as the actual killer of the Kia’s driver. This is because of Paul Slough’s four separate statements to killing the Kia’s driver in self-defense (including THIS ONE), three eyewitness accounts backing up Paul's statements, and physical evidence confirming that the shots that killed the driver came from the turret. Moreover, the evidence regarding Nick's shots was that Nick fired at someone shooting at the convoy and NOT at the Kia's driver. In fact, enemy shell casings were found in THE LOCATION that the jury heard testimony that Nick had said he had fired at an insurgent.
However, in week 10, the jury asked questions and requested 12 copies of documents that go to self-defense/mitigating circumstances. Whether those questions are designed to convince any holdouts that, regardless of the identity issue, Nick had a legitimate reason to shoot, or whether they indicate that the jury has decided the identity question against Nick (which seems unlikely because it would require the jury to ignore all the evidence of Nick's innocence) and is viewing this as a self-defense or lack-of-intent-to-commit-premeditated-murder case is unclear. What is clear at this point is that Nick has one or more jurors fighting for him, and we can only hope and pray that continues until the jury reaches the only just verdict: NOT GUILTY.
Thank you for your support and prayers as we continue to #KeepTheFaith that Nick's freedom will be the first step in bringing all four of our heroes home to their families.