Deadlocked Jury Struggles With Deliberations In Mattapan Massacre Trial
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BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Jurors in the Mattapan murders trial were unable to reach a complete verdict after a fifth day of deliberations Tuesday, a day after they announced they have a verdict on some counts in the case, but are deadlocked on others.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports.
Dwayne Moore and Edward Washington each face four counts of first-degree murder in the executions of three adults and a toddler during a drug robbery in September 2010.
A fifth victim was left paralyzed.
Suffolk Superior Court Judge Christine McEvoy sealed the partial verdicts Monday afternoon and asked the jury to return Tuesday.
The jurors have told the judge they agree on 10 indictments, and are deadlocked over 9 others.
McEvoy told them Tuesday to take time and re-examine their positions.
Everyone was called back into the courtroom around 12:45 p.m. when the jurors told McEvoy it was clear to 11 jurors that one is unable to adhere to her instructions about ‘beyond a reasonable doubt.”
The judge re-read her instructions to the jury, told them they “must follow the law as I explain it to you” and then sent them back to resume their deliberations.
The case hinges on the credibility of the prosecution’s key witness, who admitted taking part in the robbery, but said he left before the shootings.
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