Monday, August 25, 2008

Fitzpatrick Case Deadlocked

WOBURN, Massachusetts — On the third day of deliberations, 12 jurors deliberating over the fate of Sean Fitzpatrick sent a note to the judge saying that after careful consideration of the facts and several votes, they are deadlocked. Shortly after, the judge, Kathe Tuttman, sent the panel home and ordered them to return to court tomorrow at 9 am. At that time, Tuttman will read a so-called “Rodriguez charge” — essentially instructing the jury to continue deliberations in an attempt to break their impasse.

Fitzpatrick stands accused of gunning down Michael Zammitti, Jr. on March 13, 2006, after Zammitti’s wife, Michele, told Fitzpatrick that she was ending their affair and staying with her husband. Chester Roberts, the second murder victim, apparently stumbled across the crime in progress, and was killed to eliminate a witness. - CNN In Sight

Juror #1: "He's guilty."

Juror #2: "Please. He's as innocent as a koala bear."

Juror #3: "I'm not sure, I'll let you guys decide."

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