Update: The Gosnell jury has reached a verdict.
After five weeks of testimony and now ten days of deliberations, the jurors in the long-running death penalty murder trial of West Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell informed the judge that they were unable to reach a verdict on two of the 200 plus counts.
Jurors sent a note to Court of Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart around 10: 30 a.m. saying, “We are hung on two counts.” What was unclear is which two counts have caused the deadlock.
Judge Minehart asked the jury to come back into the courtroom where he asked them to reconsider the evidence and the laws and attempt to reach unanimous agreement. It is not clear what verdict has been reached on the others. But one could assume that the jury has reached a verdict on at least three of the murder counts.
I see no reason to panic here. This jury has been through the ringer and they’ve already settled over 200 counts. Now, just because they’ve decided doesn’t mean they’ve decided on a guilty verdict. But I’m hoping and praying that they find him guilty.
Think about it, a number of his employees have already pled guilty to counts of murder and testified. It would be crazy if Gosnell skated while others went to the slam. I’d expect a verdict over the next day or two.