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Deliberations continue in trial of Madison man accused of torturing, starving daughter


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Jury deliberations will resume Friday in the trial of Chad Chritton, the Madison man accused of torturing and starving his teenage daughter.

Jurors deliberated for 9 hours before telling the judge early Friday morning that they couldn’t agree on a verdict.

Dane County Circuit Judge Julie Genovese told them to keep going. A half-hour later, they asked to go for the night – and she let them.

The jurors heard more than two weeks of testimony in the case of the 41-year-old Chritton. He’s charged with a half-dozen felonies and a misdemeanor, for allegedly hiding his daughter in his basement for years.

She was 15 when she escaped early last year, and she weighed only 68 pounds at the time.

Chritton’s charges include false imprisonment, reckless endangerment, and causing mental harm to a child.

His wife still faces the same charges, and the girl’s step-brother is charged with sexually assaulting her.