Jury Day 2: No Verdict in Crooks Case After Near Deadlock

Posted at: 05/09/2013 11:29 AM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Jurors in the murder trial of 14-year-old Noah Crooks continued deliberations on the second day, after revealing to the court 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.

ABC 6 News is again at the Wright County courthouse in Clarion, and we will bring you the verdict as soon as it is reached.