Jury Continues Deliberation in Loughry Federal Trial

West Virginia

UPDATE 10/11:

The eighth day of the federal court trial of suspended West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has come to a close without a verdict.

Deliberation began Wednesday afternoon and continued all day Thursday. The jury will continue their deliberation Friday morning at 9 A.M. 

ORIGINAL:

On Wednesday, day seven of suspended Justice Allen Loughry’s trial wrapped up without a unanimous decision from the jury.

Closing arguments from both sides were given, along with a closing statement from Judge Copenhaver. Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg McVey said during his argument, when Loughry’s criminal activity came to light, he became a bully in the workplace.

He also said that according to the testimonies against Loughry, he sought out colleagues to help develop his false narrative and “deflect attention from himself,” regarding the Cass Gilbert desk found in his home, along with the green couch, and his personal use of state vehicles and WEX gas cards.

Loughry’s attorney, John Carr, addressed the jury, pointing out the flaws in the evidence presented over the last several days, and how it “didn’t make sense.”

He used one example, when Loughry visited his ill mother using a state vehicle. He was nowhere near Charleston to drive the state car back, and take his personal car to travel back to Parsons, West Virginia to be with her.

Judge Copenhaver gave his closing statement, explaining to the jury that they must come to a sole decision for each count.

The jury will continue deliberation Thursday beginning at 9:30 a.m.

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