SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jurors are set to spend a fifth day on Tuesday deliberating whether or not Elizabeth Holmes defrauded buyers, sufferers and advertisers when she served as chief govt of the blood testing start-up Theranos.
Ms. Holmes, 37, faces 9 counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Every wire fraud cost carries a most sentence of 20 years in jail.
A jury of eight males and 4 ladies deliberated for 3 days final week and for round seven hours on Monday with out reaching a verdict. They requested the choose no questions on Monday.
Final week, the jurors listened to audio recordings of Ms. Holmes speaking to buyers. Prosecutors had highlighted the recorded name as a time when Ms. Holmes misrepresented Theranos’s relationship with pharmaceutical firms and the army.
The deliberations have added over every week to Ms. Holmes’s trial, which for almost 4 months has been scrutinized as a check of start-up tradition itself. As Theranos’s chief govt, Ms. Holmes exemplified the parable of the genius founder. She based the start-up in 2003, dropped out of Stanford the following yr and raised $945 million from buyers on the promise that her firm would revolutionize blood testing.
In 2015, that fantasy unraveled after a Wall Avenue Journal investigation revealed that Theranos’s know-how didn’t reside as much as Ms. Holmes’s lofty claims. The corporate shut down in 2018, the identical yr Ms. Holmes was indicted by the federal authorities.
Over three months of testimony, prosecutors put 29 witnesses on the stand, attempting to overwhelm the jury with proof to help the fraud costs. They confirmed jurors misleading validation reports, inaccurate ads and emails through which Theranos workers mentioned faking know-how demonstrations.