Jury deadlocks in trial for aggravated assault

Jury members in an aggravated assault case in Jones County Superior Court last week were deadlocked an hour after they began deliberating, and it never got better.

Superior Court Judge Amanda Petty declared a mistrial Nov. 16 in the State vs. Daniel Hradecky after a fifth note was received by the jury just after 11 a.m. The trial, which was originally estimated to be over in a day, took more than a day and a half to even get in the hands of the jury.

The jury began deliberating at approximately 2:15 p.m. Nov. 15, and an hour later, the foreman sent the judge the first note stating that jurors were deadlocked at eight to four. The judge did not ask if the split was for or against a guilty verdict and instructed the jurors to keep at it.

The second note was sent to the judge at 4:15 p.m. with the same message. At that time, Petty sent them home and instructed them to come back Thursday morning to begin again.

An hour into deliberation Thursday morning, the third note came with a question about evidence in the case. The judge’s response was that the evidence was closed and they had to deliberate with the information received during the trial.


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