Saturday, May 14, 2011

Jury to Judge: We're Deadlocked

At close of business Friday, jurors in the capital murder trial of Danny Thomas in Columbus County told the judge they were hopelessly deadlocked.

The judge denied a defense request to impose a life sentence, then continued the sentencing deliberations until today.

The jurors previously convicted Mr. Thomas of four counts of first degree murder.

If a juror is unable to render a verdict, the judge must sentence Thomas to life without parole.

No word on the status from todays deliberations.

1 comment:

Victor Eremita said...

Still no verdict.

From Story published at 10:34:

"COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Deliberations continue in the sentence hearing for Danny Thomas, a man accused of killing four people in 2005.

The jury began deliberating last week and has yet to come to a verdict. They were in court Saturday until 5:00 p.m. but still hadn't reached a decision.

Jurors handed a judge a note Monday morning saying they don't think they'll reach a unanimous decision.

Thomas was found guilty earlier this month of killing four people in Columbus County in 2005. The man is accused of killing Craig Williams in addition to newlyweds Dennis and Regina Inman and Regina's brother.

The jury is trying to decide if Thomas should spend life in prison or be put to death for his crimes. "