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Jurors deliberating in the fatal hit-and-run trial of Jersey City Police Officer Michael Spolizino focused on the law governing their verdict on whether the officer was responsible for the 2013 death, The Jersey Journal reports.

Today, the jury asked the presiding judge its second question since deliberations began late yesterday. Hudson County Superior Court Judge Paul DePascale told the jury that to find Spolizino guilty of death by auto they must determine that his actions were reckless and that his actions caused the death of Stephen Clifford, 24, on April 19, 2013 on Kennedy Boulevard at Fairmount Avenue at 10 p.m.

Spolizino is charged with driving his pickup truck recklessly at around 60 mph — or 35 mph above the speed limit — when it struck Clifford.

On the other hand, the judge told jurors in order to find the officer not guilty, they must determine Clifford’s death was dependent on the acts of someone else and that it would be unfair to hold him responsible for the man’s death.

For instance, during the trial, the defense attorney noted that Clifford was crossing against the green, implying that Clifford bore some of the responsibility. He also noted that speeding on Kennedy Boulevard is common.

After having their question answered at around noon, the jurors returned to jury room to resume deliberations.

Spolizino is also charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Today began with DePascale answering a jury question related to that count. Both counts carry possible prison terms of five to 10 years upon conviction.

The officer had also been charged with aggravated manslaughter, but the judge dismissed that count, finding that the state had not provided enough evidence at trial to support the charge.

Closing arguments were heard yesterday before a packed courtroom and the jury then deliberated for only a short time yesterday afternoon. Before leaving yesterday, the jury passed a note to Judge Paul DePascale asking for a definition of where the “crime scene” was in the incident that killed Clifford.  After hearing arguments of counsel, the Judge responded today that “[t]here is no crime scene unless you find beyond any reasonable doubt that the state has proven that a crime has been committed.”

He also noted that the charge does not refer to a “crime scene” but to the scene of “an accident.” DePascale then defined the scene of an accident as “the immediate vicinity of the area where the impact of two objects occurred.

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