Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Bulletin: Pedro Hernandez: Jurors resume deliberations after sending a note saying they could not agree on a verdict; A twist: Jurors now want a readback of closing arguments - which is expected to delay any possibe verdict until later in the week; NBC New York;

A judge has ordered the 12-person jury in the Etan Patz murder trial back to the deliberation room after the five men and seven women, deliberating for their eleventh day, sent him a note saying they could not agree on whether 54-year-old Pedro Hernandez killed the 6-year-old child in 1979. Jurors have labored over their deliberations for nearly two weeks, asking for reviews of exhibits and hours of testimony from key witnesses. Before they sent the hung jury note, they had asked the judge for a replay of closing arguments, which would have been a minimum of six hours of readback. State Supreme Court Justice Maxwell Wiley hadn't decided on whether to grant them the testimony before they sent the deadlock note; he later authorized the readback, which will delay any possible verdict until later in the week.