UPATOI MURDER TRIAL: Jury remains deadlocked; deliberations continue Monday
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - After weeks in the courtroom and hours of deliberating, the process is becoming exhausting for all involved.
The judge is ordering jurors to continue in attempts of reaching a verdict.
"At this time, I'm going to remind you that your verdict must be unanimous. You have been deliberating in this case for a considerable length of time, and I do deem it proper to give you further instruction regarding the desirability of an agreement," said Judge Gil McBride to jurors.
Thursday and Friday ended with a deadlocked jury.
Seventeen-year-old Rufus Burks sat in the courtroom, watching, and waiting to learn of his fate.
With days passing, and hours continuing to add up, differences of opinions are keeping jurors from reaching a unanimous verdict.
"In order to reach an agreement, it's still necessary for all of the jurors to examine the issues and questions submitted with fairness, and with the proper regard," said McBride.
The jurors report being deadlocked on seven of the 10 charges Burks is facing which are murder, kidnapping, burglary and auto theft.
If found guilty, Burks could face life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Deliberations will continue Monday at 9 a.m.