Jurors indicate they're not progressing
HAYWARD, Calif. - Jurors deliberating the case of three men accused of killing a transgender teen indicated Wednesday they are having trouble reaching a decision.
Jurors, who are in their eighth full day of deliberations told Alameda County Superior Court Judge Harry Sheppard they need more explanation of some of his instructions on how to reach a verdict, and would like to take another look at some tape-recorded and videotaped evidence.
Sheppard said he would try to answer the panel's questions and would provide the evidence Thursday morning. Meanwhile, they continued deliberating.
Prosecutor Chris Lamiero had asked the jury to find Michael Magidson, Jose Merel and Jason Cazares, all 24, guilty of first-degree murder, calling the killing a cold-blooded execution.
The panel had the option of returning verdicts of first-degree murder, punishable by 25 years-to-life in prison; second-degree murder, 15-to-life; or manslaughter, which carries a maximum term of 11 years.