No verdict after first day of deliberations in inmate death trial

HALIFAX — The jury in the case of two Halifax special constables charged with criminal negiligence causing the death of an inmate has concluded its first day of deliberations without reaching a verdict.

Daniel Fraser and Cheryl Gardner are charged in connection with the 2016 death of Corey Rogers in a police cell.

The Crown has argued the death by suffocation was ``entirely preventable,'' caused by the constables' failure to follow basic safety steps in dealing with the intoxicated inmate.

The defendants testified Rogers, 41, was not considered to be high risk and they didn't notice anything unusual about his state.

The eight-man, four-woman jury deliberated for about five-and-a-half hours Friday after receiving instructions from Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Kevin Coady.

Deliberations are set to resume Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

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