Deliberations in Christopher Hebert murder trial resume at 9:15 a.m.
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 6:04 am

CANTON -- Deliberations in the Christopher Hebert murder trial resume at 9:15 a.m. today.

Hebert, 47, is being tried in St. Lawrence County Court for second-degree murder for allegedly killing Lacey Yekel, who died at age 25 around June 7, 2014. Prosecutors say Hebert severely beat her and then choked her. Yekel's skeletal remains were recovered in woods near the Massena Industrial Park on Aug. 29, 2014.

Jurors were sent home around 8 p.m. Wednesday with no verdict yet reached. Judge Jerome Richards kept them an extra three hours so they could debate the evidence while still fresh in their minds, he said.

Around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Judge Richards called the jurors into the courtroom and warned them that their deliberations could be heard outside the courthouse. He said the jurors had opened a window in the jury room for air and a court officer who had stepped outside could hear them and reported it to the judge.

"You need to keep your volume down so no one has access to your deliberations," Richards told the jurors, who all nodded affirmatively.

Jurors about an hour prior to that asked to hear a recording of a phone call between the defendant and a woman named Julia Larock from around the time Hebert was arrested for murder.

Earlier on Wednesday, jurors heard a recording of the call while Hebert was on the witness stand. Hebert made the call to Larock and St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility officials taped it.