Quinoy jury breaks without reaching verdict

Jurors in the civil rights trial of Sleepy Hollow Det. Jose Quinoy failed to reach a verdict today after five hours of deliberations.

They’ll be back at the Brieant courthouse tomorrow to continue weighing the fate of Quinoy, 37, who’s accused of assaulting two men after they were already handcuffed and under the control of other cops. He’s also charged with witness tampering for allegedly trying to dissuade Officer Michael Hayes from telling a federal grand jury what he saw during the first incident, a fight between Quinoy and Mario Gomez on Oct. 17, 2006, and Gomez’s subsequent arrest.

The jury asked if a report about the second incident, an alleged Tasering of a handcuffed Luis Vilches on Dec. 17, 2006, was in evidence. The report about the arrest by Sgt. Paul Hood was not in evidence. And Hood only made a verbal report to a lieutenant about the alleged stun gun incident, defense lawyer Andrew Quinn said.

It became pretty clear that there would be no verdict Wednesday when the jury of nine women and three men sent out a note a little after 1 p.m. saying they’d work from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Tim O'Connor

Timothy O'Connor has covered the federal justice system for The Journal News since 2002. He previously worked at newspapers in Orange County, New York, and New Jersey. Born and raised in the Bronx, he has a bachelor's degree in English and a master's in journalism.