Archive for Wednesday, March 16, 2005

After two days, still no verdict in Murray trial

March 16, 2005


After two full days of deliberation, a Douglas County jury still did not have a verdict late this afternoon in the murder trial of Kansas State University professor Thomas E. Murray.

Jurors recessed just before 5 p.m. and were to continue their deliberations again at 9 a.m. Thursday in Douglas County District Court.

"It's not unusual that they would take their time to reach a decision on a case of this magnitude," said Angela Wilson, assistant district attorney.

Murray is charged with one count of first-degree murder in the November 2003 beating and stabbing death of his ex-wife, Carmin D. Ross in her home north of Lawrence.

At midday, court officials were ordering in sandwiches for the jurors' lunch, as the 12-member panel continued into its second full day of reviewing evidence.

Family members and reporters continued to wait today for the verdict throughout the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center.

For more on this story, see the 6News reports at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunflower Broadband's channel 6 and pick up a copy of Thursday's Journal-World.

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