LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury has reported it is deadlocked in the trial of a California teen accused of murdering a gay classmate but the judge has ordered the panel to resume deliberations.
The Ventura County Star (http://bit.ly/ogkMO5 ) says the jury informed the court Thursday morning, and Superior Court Judge Charles Campbell said to keep trying to reach a decision until 2 p.m. PDT.
The judge said he would likely then declare a mistrial if the jurors are still deadlocked.
The jury has been deliberating since Friday on whether Brandon McInerney is guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of 15-year-old Larry King at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard in 2008. Jurors also have the option of voluntary manslaughter.
McInerney is now 17 but is being tried as an adult.