Jurors deliberating in the Jon David Goldberg murder trial were summoned to the courtroom this morning after one or more jurors were heard discussing the case outside the jury room.

“Don’t talk about it,” Visiting Judge Graham Cribbs warned the jurors. “Don’t talk about it unless you’re with the other 12 jurors.”

Cribbs said he was notified that “apparently something occurred today.” He didn’t single out any jurors or specify what happened, but he reminded the panel about how the Humboldt County Courthouse is configured, “especially the long hallways.”

“You folks don’t have a clue,” the judge said, “as to who might overhear the conversation or comment.”

Cribbs noted jurors have been involved in the Goldberg case for “25 or 26 days,” including jury selection.

“From the beginning,” he said, “at each break, morning, noon and night, I’ve told you to keep your mouths zipped. Please remember, do not discuss the facts of this case outside this courtroom … Please keep your mouths shut with regards to the evidence in this case.”

‘The stakes are high for the 37-year-old Goldberg, who faces life in prison if convicted of murdering Fortuna resident Timothy Smith on Sept. 26, 2016. This also is a crucial verdict for Smith’s grieving family members, who have packed the courtroom during every day of trial.

Goldberg was in court this morning with his attorney, Deputy Public Defender Casey Russo, when jurors were brought in. Deputy District Attorney Luke Bernthal was also present.

Jurors got the case about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and would have deliberated for less than an hour. They returned this morning to resume their discussion. Cribbs called them into court about 10 a.m. for the brief admonishment, and they left for the lunch break from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Goldberg is charged with shooting the 42-year-old Smith to death after learning Smith was having an affair with his wife, Rachel Goldberg. Bernthal characterized the killing as premeditated murder, while Russo said Goldberg was acting in self-defense.