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Winders trial jury adjourns deliberations

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/09/2016
George Taiaroa © Supplied George Taiaroa

The jury in the trial of Quinton Winders, charged over the murder of road worker George Taiaroa, has adjourned its deliberations for a second day.

The seven women and five men will reconvene at the High Court at Rotorua on Friday morning.

Winders, 45, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Taiaroa, who was shot dead while operating a stop-go sign near Atiamuri, south of Tokoroa, in March 2013.

The jurors began their deliberations just after 1.15pm on Wednesday.

After less than an hour, they returned to ask for transcripts of the Crown and the defence's closing addresses and for Justice Kit Toogood's summing up.

However, the judge told them that none of those was available to them.

The same applied when they asked on Thursday afternoon for a copy of a map the Crown used in its closing submissions to demonstrate the route it alleges Winders took to and away from the scene of the shooting.

Justice Toogood said it wasn't a formally admitted exhibit and he referred them to maps that were.

Earlier on Thursday, the jury watched a replay of an interview a detective conducted with Winders a fortnight after Mr Taiaroa's death.

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