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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
The judge overseeing the sentencing phase of the Christopher Cope trial has told jurors to keep deliberating, even though they've declared themselves a hung jury three times.
This time around, the judge reminded the jury to deliberate without considering sympathy as a factor. They were told to come back at 4:45 p.m., or earlier if they reach a decision.
Cope's defense lawyers continue to push for a mistrial in light of the jury's continued inability to decide if Cope should spend life in prison or receive the death penalty.
Caddo District Court Judge Mike Pitman had given the jury until Noon to come up with a verdict after Cope was found guilty of killing a Shreveport Police Sergeant. When they returned, they reported that they were still deadlocked.
In order for the jury to render a death verdict, it has to be unanimous. A hung jury would result in an automatic life sentence.
Deliberations stalled twice Thursday evening, as jurors returned to the courtroom to announce that they were deadlocked by a vote of 7 to 5. Both times, Pitman sent them back to continue deliberating.
Cope's defense team has asked the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of appeals to intervene, arguing that the judge's refusal to accept the jury's position that they are hung is sending the jury the wrong message. They renewed their objections Friday, claiming that "We've invaded the secrecy of the jury's deliberations." KSLA News 12's Fred Childers reports that the defense appears to be making the charge that the now the jury is being manipulated.
Cope, 26, was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Shreveport Police Sgt. Timothy Prunty. Prunty, a 19-year-veteran of the force, was shot five times outside a southwest Shreveport Circle K in October 2010.
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."More >>
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Friday, May 24 2013 10:40 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:40:11 GMT
(CNN) – Nearly 115,000 federal workers will get a four-day weekend, but it's not reason to celebrate. The employees have to take furlough days thanks to the forced spending cuts that kicked in March 1. TheMore >>
Nearly 115,000 federal workers will get a four-day weekend, but it's not reason to celebrate.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:54 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:54:54 GMT
(POOL/CNN) – George Zimmerman's attorneys have released new evidence taken from Trayvon Martin's cell phone. His attorneys said the data paints a different picture of the 17-year-old Martin than what hisMore >>
George Zimmerman's attorneys have released new evidence taken from Trayvon Martin's cell phone.More >>