Jury to reconvene for 4th day of deliberations in ex-Minnesota Gov. Ventura's defamation suit

The Associated Press
July 24, 2014 11:13 PM

Taya Kyle, widow of late Navy Seal and author Chris Kyle, arrives at court Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in St. Paul, Minn. Closing arguments are set for Tuesday in former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jim Gehrz) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The trial in former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit will enter its fourth day of deliberations Friday.

Jurors broke for the day Thursday after about 7 1/2 hours of discussions that brought their total to about 19 hours since Tuesday, minus breaks.

Ventura says the late Chris Kyle defamed him by fabricating a story in his bestseller "American Sniper" about decking Ventura in a California bar in 2006 after Ventura allegedly said Navy SEALs "deserve to lose a few."

To rule for Ventura, the jury must find by "clear and convincing evidence" that Kyle knew or believed his story was false, or that Kyle had serious doubts about whether it was true. Ventura's attorney has asked for millions in damages if they agree Kyle lied.

Kyle died last year.


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