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19 September, 2007 - Published 12:21 GMT
Spector jury deadlock on verdict
The jury in the Phil Spector murder case has told the judge that it cannot agree on a verdict. The record producer is accused of murdering a Los Angeles actress, Lana Clarkson, four years ago. This report from Peter Bowes:
After almost seven days of deliberations, the jury sent the judge a note saying they were at an impasse. The foreman said they were split seven-five, but he did not indicate whether that was for or against a guilty verdict. For now, the judge has ruled out the possibility of a mistrial and sent the jury home.
They've been ordered to return to court in the morning when the judge will re-read some of the legal instructions they were given as guidelines for their deliberations. Some of the jurors said that may help them reach a verdict.
In the meantime, the judge has told the lawyers he's thinking of offering the jury the option of considering the lesser offence of manslaughter. That would require the jury to return to the courtroom to hear more arguments from the lawyers.
Peter Bowes, BBC, Los Angeles
at an impasse
for or against a guilty verdict
ruled out the possibility
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