The jury in the Rittenhouse Square triple-murder trial has left for the night.
“They have indicated it is time to go back home,” said District Attorney Seth Williams.
The jurors were released just after 6:30 p.m. Williams has spoken with some members of the jury and thanked them for their service.
Jackson Rich has been indicted on three counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his children and their mother at their Rittenhouse Square home on Jan. 14, 2016.
“[Rich] needs to understand he has a responsibility,” said Williams. “He has to continue to rot in jail. He has to understand what happened here. He’s held responsible.”
The jury remained at the court house after a break earlier in the day, listening to attorneys make final arguments.
“Our office will now be filing its brief to explain to you in the facts of this case why this defendant should be found guilty on each of the three counts,” said defense attorney Dominic Saraceno.
The jury began deliberating earlier this afternoon and have asked to review phone records for those days in question. They also sought to re-watch the confession made by Richmond Derhart after the shootings.
In a taped statement to police after the murders, Derhart, Rich and his brother Rodney confessed to the killings saying they were angry with their soon-to-be stepmother and she was trying to take their children. They said they came into their neighbors’ house with a .380-caliber pistol and opened fire after Rodney was startled by a knock at the door.
Derhart’s attorneys claim the confession was coerced.
Rich and his younger brother have both pleaded guilty and testified against Derhart in exchange for lighter prison sentences. Richmond Derhart remains on trial for first-degree murder.