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Banis jurors sequestered; deliberations to resume Friday

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Joseph Banis (Source: LMDC) Joseph Banis (Source: LMDC)
Jeffrey Mundt (Source: LMDC) Jeffrey Mundt (Source: LMDC)
Murder victim Jaime Carroll (Source: LMDC) Murder victim Jaime Carroll (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Jurors deliberated murder suspect Joseph Banis' fate for nine-and-a-half hours on Thursday before the judge ordered them sequestered for the night.

Banis is on trial for the December 2009 shooting and stabbing death of Jamie Carroll. Carroll's body was found in June 2010 buried in the basement of the home Banis shared with his then-boyfriend, co-defendant Jeffrey Mundt.

Banis could face the death penalty if he's convicted. Because Mundt agreed to testify against Banis, the death penalty will not be sought in his trial, which is scheduled for June. 

Mundt told jurors over two days of testimony that Banis cut Carroll's throat and shot him twice, then threatened Mundt if he didn't help dispose of the body or told anyone what happened.

Deliberations in Banis' trial began at 1 p.m. Thursday. The jury came back at least once with questions.

Around dinnertime, the judge requested a timeline for a decision, but a dinner order error held up their response.

At 10:30, the judge called the jurors back to the courtroom and ordered them sequestered. They were taken to a hotel for the night.

WAVE 3 will continue to follow this case, and report the verdict as soon as it is delivered on air, online at wave3.com and on mobile with the free WAVE 3 mobile app.

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