Jurors sent out four notes in four hours of deliberation today in the Jose Quinoy case, but none of them said “verdict.”
The jury of nine women and three men will be back at it tomorrow morning at 9:30 in the Brieant Federal Courthouse to consider the fate of Quinoy, the 37-year-old veteran Sleepy Hollow police detective accused of abusing two men in separate incidents in the village in late 2006. He’s charged with kicking and punching Mario Gomez, then 49, on Oct. 17, 2006, after Gomez was already handcuffed and under the control of other cops. He’s charged with using a stun gun on Luis Vilches on Dec. 17, 2006, after Vilches was already handcuffed and complying with police. Prosecutors charge that Quinoy violated the men’s civil rights in the incidents.
Both incidents stemmed from personal disputes Quinoy had with the men, federal prosecutors said. In the Gomez incident, Quinoy and Gomez got into a fight over rumors that the married Quinoy was carrying on a relationship with Gomez’s 22-year-old daughter, Haydee, and bragging about it in the police locker room. In the Vilches incident, Quinoy and Vilches had allegedly traded vile sexual threats about each other’s families in June 2006. In December, Vilches came looking for Quinoy with a tree saw, saying he was gooing to cut him into pieces for Quinoy’s threat to sodomize Vilches’ daughter while Vilches was in jail. Quinoy, who was not on duty, joined other officers in the search for Vilches and they found him in a village parking lot. Quinoy allegedly applied a Taser to Vilches while he and Sgt. Paul Hood were walking the cuffed Vilches to a police vehicle. Quinoy says he only threatened to use the stun gun in order to stop Vilches from spitting at him.
Quinoy is also accused of tampering with a witness in the case, Officer Michael Hayes, who wore a wire at the behest of the FBI and secretly recorded Quinoy and other officers.
Jurors asked for testimony from five witnesses — including Quinoy and Hayes — regarding what happened between the time Gomez was handcuffed and he was driven away in a police car. They also asked for the testimony of Vilches and Hood.
Regarding the voluminous request, Judge Kenneth Karas quipped, “I’m inclined to send them back a note asking what they don’t want.”