Frisco murder trial: Jury still deadlocked in Sattler case
The jury is still out for the trial of Charles Sattler, charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault following the death of local chef Blake Bostic. Just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, Judge Karen Romeo allowed the deadlocked jury to recess for the night, to resume at 9 a.m. the next morning.
Romeo called in the jurors that evening to see if there was any potential for progress. Tied-up, the jury has yet to make a unanimous decision after nearly a day and a half of deliberations.
“At this point in time, the court has the obligation to inquire whether or not any progress is being made,” she said.
She asked the jurors to comment without revealing which verdict they were leaning toward.
“I believe we did make some progress today,” one of the jurors said. “But, there are some people who feel they will not change their mind, no matter what.”
“It’s been a really long day, and I think every one of us is just beat,” another added.
Before they shuffled out of the door, Romeo gave them an instruction to deliberate with a view of reaching a verdict, taking into consideration others’ thoughts without changing their honest beliefs.
“Do not hesitate to re-examine your own views and change your opinion if it is erroneous,” she added.
Before the jury entered the room, Romeo discussed the wording of the Modified Allen instruction, used to encourage a jury to examine their opinions in hopes of reaching a verdict. If they are unable to come to an agreement, it will result in a hung jury, leading to a mistrial.
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