(AP) – The foreman of the jury in Phil Spector’s murder trial told the judge Tuesday the panel is at a 7-5 impasse but did not indicate which way it is leaning.
Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler asked if there was anything he could do to help. The foreman said he doesn’t believe so.
Polled individually, some jurors agreed with the foreman and others disagreed. One suggested further instruction about reasonable doubt.
The judge then sent the jury back into the jury room to discuss the situation with lawyers.
Spector is charged with second-degree murder, and the judge previously ruled the panel would only decide that charge and not consider possible lesser charges such as manslaughter.
The judge, however, told the attorneys he is reconsidering and believes he may have cause to instruct the jury to consider a lesser charge.
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