Jury Still Out in Winona Ryder Trial
The jury in the shoplifting case against Winona Ryder deliberated in Beverly Hills Superior Court for about five hours Tuesday without reaching a verdict on the three felony charges against her, PEOPLE reports.
The panel was told to return Wednesday morning to resume deliberations.
Ryder, 31, showed up at the courthouse briefly in the morning, dressed in a dark pantsuit and looking pale, tired and anxious, according to published reports.
The jury received the case late Monday after closing arguments, during which the prosecution suggested that the “Girl, Interrupted” star shoplifted nearly $6,000 worth of merchandise from the Beverly Hills Saks Fifth Avenue last December simply for the thrill of it. The defense, meanwhile, portrayed her as the victim of a Saks security force out to frame her.
Ryder faces up to three years behind bars should she be convicted on charges of grand theft, second-degree burglary and vandalism. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Meanwhile, editorial cartoonists across the country are having a field day with the case. One op-ed page showed a sketch of the jurist in the case, Judge Elden Fox, trying to restore order to his courtroom — except his gavel is missing.
Then there was Jay Leno on the “Tonight” show Tuesday, which happened to be Election Day across the country.
“You know who was disappointed in voting today?” the host said. “Winona Ryder. Usually when she goes into a booth she comes out with a bunch of new clothes.”