On the final day of the trial, before the jurors went into deliberations, I was an emotional and physical wreck. I was hoping the jury would come to a quick verdict, but knew this was not at all likely. The trial ended too late in the day and I could see the jurors were drained. Being a Friday, the realization of this dragging over the weekend was daunting.
I wasn’t at all surprised when the panel were sent home for the weekend. Kari and I headed back to Virginia that night.
When I arrived home I immediately checked my blood pressure. Over the prior three days my nose was literally exploding with blood. Nose bleeds that poured from me would come on so fast that I always had to keep a box of tissues on hand. Without shock, my blood pressure was indeed high. As I recall, it was in the neighborhood of 150/110.
It was going to be a long weekend…
The jurors deliberated for two hours but were unable to reach a verdict.
By Mike Krafcik
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MORGANTOWN — A Monongalia County jury will resume its deliberations Monday in the trial of two men accused of beating a West Virginia University student into a coma.
The trial of Jonathan May and Austin Vantrease, the two men accused in the beating Ryan Diviney, continued Friday. Vantrease and May face a charge of malicious assault. The jury could also consider a lesser charge of unlawful assault.
Vantrease took the witness stand on Friday. Vantrease was 18 years old at the time and a freshman at the University of Delaware. He told jurors he was drinking that night, and said he may of had a “slight buzz” by 3 a.m., when he and his friends met Ryan Diviney and his friends at the Dairy Mart.
In his testimony, Vantrease admitted kicking Ryan Diviney in the head right after he hit the ground after being punched in the head. In his testimony, Van Trease said the kick is something “he’ll regret for the rest of his life.”
On Tuesday, The defense team called Dr. Julian Bailes, the head of neurosurgery at WVU Hospitals. Dr. Bailes said whatever improvement Ryan has made in a year, will be all the improvement he’ll make in his life. Ryan remains in a comatose state in a New Jersey hospital.
The Jurors will resume deliberation on Monday and a verdict is expected to be reached.