Alabama gambling jury ends 3rd day without verdict

Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The jury in Alabama's gambling corruption trial did not reach a verdict in its third day of deliberations.

The panel met for four hours Sunday afternoon. The jury will begin its fourth day of deliberations at 8 a.m. Monday.

Attorneys are predicting lengthy deliberations because the case's nine defendants are an unusually large group to try at one time and most of the counts in the 37-count indictment involve multiple people.

An attorney for lobbyist Tom Coker, David McKnight, says it could take the jury a week or 10 days to go through the charges count by count.

Coker and another lobbyist are charged along with a casino owner, four present and former state senators and two others with buying and selling votes for pro-gambling legislation.

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