CLARION - The jury in the Noah Crooks trial will return at 9 a.m. Thursday to continue deliberations after telling the judge the panel was "close" to being a hung jury.
The panel of seven women and five men submitted a question to Judge James Drew at approximately 3:10 p.m. Wednesday stating, "Close to hung jury. What do we do?"
A hung jury is a panel that has determined it can not reach a unanimous verdict in a criminal case.
Drew sent back an answer, "You should keep working." He also referred the panel to jury instruction number 42 which states that jurors should not hesitate to re-examine their views and change their opinions if they decide they are wrong.
Drew dismissed the jury at 4:10 p.m.
Crooks is charged with first-degree murder and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse in the March 24, 2012, death of his mother Gretchen, 37.
The jury deliberated for seven and half hours before being sent home for the night.