Panel: ‘Close’ to hung jury in Osage murder trial

CLARION, Iowa (AP) — Jurors deliberating in the murder trial of an Osage teenager accused of shooting his mother to death have told a judge they’re “close” to being a hung jury.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/YG85fF) that jurors on Wednesday afternoon sent a note to Judge James Drew that read, “Close to hung jury. What do we do?”

Drew told them to keep working.

The panel of seven women and five men are deliberating in the trial of 14-year-old Noah Crooks. He is charged with first-degree murder and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse in the March 24, 2012, killing of his 37-year-old mother, Gretchen.

The judge sent jurors home about an hour after receiving the note and told them to return Thursday morning.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/

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