Federal Judge Robert Pitman Friday sequestered the jury deliberating for a third day over charges against the retired president of Blue Bell ice cream.
Pitman “ordered that the jury be sequestered during their deliberations from when they report to the jury room until released from the jury room each day and until released finally by the Court.”
The federal criminal case of the United States v Paul Kruse went to the jury by midweek after evidence was closed and submitted to the jury.
“While the jury is kept together and not allowed to separate, pursuant to this Order, the cost of subsistence of said jury, including the cost of coffee and other necessaries incurred by the said jury during Court recesses, shall be paid by the United States Government,” according to the judge’s order.
Kruse, 67, president of the iconic Blue Bell Creameries until 2017, is being tried on federal … Read more