American Sniper Trial

Jury reconvenes in Ventura defamation case


Taya Kyle, widow of late Navy Seal and author Chris Kyle, arrives at court Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in St. Paul, Minn. Closing arguments are set for Tuesday in former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jim Gehrz)

Taya Kyle, widow of late Navy Seal and author Chris Kyle, arrives at court Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in St. Paul, Minn. Closing arguments are set for Tuesday in former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura’s defamation lawsuit against the estate of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jim Gehrz)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jurors have reconvened in St. Paul to deliberate on whether a late famed military sniper defamed former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in his best-selling memoir.

Jurors received the case midday Tuesday, and they deliberated for about 4½ hours. They reconvened about 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Ventura says Chris Kyle invented a story in his memoir “American Sniper” about punching him in a California bar in 2006 after Ventura supposedly insulted SEALs.

Ventura’s attorney asked the jury for millions of dollars in damages for what the former Navy SEAL and pro wrestler claims is a lie.

But an attorney for Kyle’s estate says Ventura failed to prove that Kyle made up the story or that Ventura suffered financially because of the book.

Kyle was slain at a gun range last year.

Source: AP

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