|Updated: 8/07/2010 12:16 pm
||Published: 8/06/2010 10:25 am
A second full day of deliberations yields no answer in the doctor bombing trial. Exactly one month after it started, jurors still have more work to do to decide Dr. Randeep Mann's fate.
We don't know when we'll get a verdict, but as a guide for lengthy trials, lawyers say for every eight hours of testimony, there's one hour of deliberation. That's why this bombing trial is facing a sixth week.
It was a long second day of deliberations producing little visible results. The jury asked a question this morning. But the judge fielded that question and answered it in chambers, away from reporters.
It's at least the second time the 12-member jury asked a question about some aspect of the case against Randeep Mann and his wife Sangeeta.
There are 32 individual jury instructions for this case. Combine that with a lengthy nine count indictment and two full days of deliberations is easily understandable.
The defense is hoping its stance that no forensic evidence links Mann to the bombing of Trent Pierce is, perhaps, sinking into the minds of the jurors.
If the jury convicts Dr. Randeep Mann, he could spend the rest of his life behind bars. The jury must also decide if his wife Sangeeta is guilty of obstructing justice and lying to the grand jury.