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Jury, struggling to reach verdict, will reassemble Monday in “Phoenix” case

Jurors in the trial of the twin brothers Travers and Tremayne Johnson — accused of setting a pit bull known as “Phoenix” on fire in the summer of 2009 — will resume their deliberations Monday.

They were sent home Friday, unable to come to a consensus after a day and a half on whether Travers and Tremayne Johnson should be found guilty of the crime, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Twice on Friday, the jurors told Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Lawrence P. Fletcher-Hill they were having trouble reaching a verdict. The judge urged them to continue deliberating.

“Do not hesitate to re-examine your view,” he said. “You should change your opinion if you are convinced you are wrong.”

The jury continued deliberating until about 6:30 p.m. before being excused for the weekend.


Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time February 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I don’t know if I’m encouraged or discouraged by this. I think the fact that they’re taking so long to deliberate means that everyone on the jury is taking this seriously.

Comment from Starla
Time February 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I agree. Not sure if “No News is Good News” in this situation. I will be holding my breath for an outcome on Monday. I hope justice is served for Phoenix.

Comment from David
Time February 7, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I think that it’s important to consider that “justice” goes two ways. On one side, we would all like to see Pheonix’s perpetrator’s penalized and incarcerated for what they did. However, I think the jury is likely dealing with the lack of definitive evidence. To me, it would also be a breach of justice to penalize to young men who were not guilty just because of the serious public outrcy this case has caused.

Comment from Justice
Time February 12, 2011 at 1:35 am

They should have done to them what they did to the poor dog. I would gladly light the match.