The jury in the Sam Parker murder trial have apparently reached "Guilty" verdicts in three charges against Sam Parker, but they have not reached a decision on the murder charge against him.
Late Tuesday the jury updated Judge Jon "Bo" Wood on its progress. The jury forewoman told the court they are presently split 8-4 on the murder charge.
As for the charges of "making false statements," "computer invasion of privacy" and "violation of oath of office," the jury vote was 12-0, however they did not say if those votes were for "Guilty" or "Not Guilty."
The jury is from Bartow County, brought in because of the publicity this trial has generated, although Bartow is only two counties south of Walker County.
Parker stands accused of killing his wife Theresa Parker. The former Walker 911 dispatcher hasn't been seen in 29 months. This case has garnered national attention and has dominated discussion in north Georgia ever since her disappearance in March 22, 2007. This now 12-day long trial has brought the topic back to the forefront.
The jury has stopped deliberating for today and will return Wednesday morning.
After a little more than a day of deliberating, the jury in the Sam Parker murder trial is split.
On Tuesday, day 12 of the trial, the jury told the court around 4:40 p.m. that it is split 4-8.
The jury, which was asked by Judge Jon “Bo” Wood to reveal its status, was also instructed by him not to reveal whether the split is for or against convicting Sam of murder.
On three remaining counts against Sam -- computer invasion of privacy, giving false statements, and violation of oath of office (Sam was a police officer at the time of his arrest) – the jury is 12-0, again without revealing which way the jury is leaning.
The jury began deliberating about 3:30 p.m. Monday. It will return Wednesday morning to resume deliberating. The jury was selected from Bartow County. It is being bused to and from Bartow.
Parker was charged in February 2008 with murdering his wife, Theresa. He has been in jail since then. Theresa Parker, a dispatcher with Walker County 911, has been missing since March 21, 2007. Her body has not been found.
Sam Parker was a sergeant with the LaFayette Police Department when she disappeared.
Post by maidenamerica on Sept 3, 2009 0:16:50 GMT -5
I am praying for that also, gagal. I've watched her mother during the trial and I just want to hug her. It's got to be torment to be in the same room with him. I think she handled herself so well on the stand.