No Verdict In Crooks Case, Signs Point To Hung Jury

Posted at: 05/08/2013 9:19 PM
Updated at: 05/08/2013 10:16 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 News) -- Jurors in the murder trial of 14-year-old Noah Crooks ended the first day of deliberations without reaching a verdict and it appears they’re having difficulty reaching a consensus.

After meeting for over five hours on Wednesday, jurors came to Judge James Drew with a simple yet troubling question.

“Close to a hung jury. What do we do?" read Judge Drew from a small note.

Judge Drew then asked for approval from both attorneys to advise jurors to review their instructions and keep working.

At this point it's impossible to tell how divided the jury might be, but the judge previously instructed jurors to only ask questions if it was absolutely necessary, suggesting they could be in a serious deadlock.

The biggest question in the case isn't whether or not Noah Crooks killed his mother last march, but rather if he was legally insane at the time of the shooting.

Deliberations in the case will resume again on Thursday at 9 a.m. Count on ABC 6 News to be there and bring you the verdict as soon as it is reached.