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No Verdict Yet In Murder Trial

By: Doug Korstanje Email
By: Doug Korstanje Email

A jury is still deliberating at this hour, deciding the fate of a woman who shot and killed her husband in Culloden.

A twist in the case today with jury members asking for a dictionary.
Jury members wanted to know the definition for terms like malice, pre-meditation and heat of passion, all connected to the events surrounding this shooting death.

This could be good for the defense because Harden is charged with murdering her husband Daniel. But she says it was self defense because her husband had threatened to kill the family and he allegedly beat her when it happened.

If it happened in the heat of passion, that could mean a conviction on a lesser charge and a lighter sentence for Harden. Prosecutors say it happened after the fight when the victim was napping on a couch.

The jury deliberated for about three and half hours Monday and for another three hours today and still no verdict.

The judge decided not to give the jury the dictionary they asked for. Instead Judge Alfred Ferguson gave them the legal definitions of the words they had questions about.

The question now, will it be enough for them to come up with a unanimous verdict.


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