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No verdict, no mistrial yet in Ventura case

ST. PAUL — There’s been no verdict and no mistrial after five days of deliberations in former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura’s defamation lawsuit against “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle.

Deliberations are to resume at 9 a.m. today, a day after jurors told federal Judge Richard Kyle they didn’t think they could reach a unanimous verdict. The judge urged them to keep trying.

Jurors continued deliberating roughly four more hours Monday before calling it a day. Their discussions since last Tuesday have now topped 31 hours.

Chris Kyle wrote in his best-seller that he decked Ventura in a California bar in 2006 after Ventura allegedly said Navy SEALs “deserve to lose a few.” Ventura, a former SEAL and pro wrestler, testified Kyle fabricated the story. Kyle denied that in testimony videotaped before his death last year.