Capital murder verdict eludes jury for second day

Panel in capital case apparentlyis split 11-1.

By Jessica Kwong, San Antonio Express News

Updated 10:38 p.m., Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Jurors deliberated all day Tuesday but were unable to come up with a verdict in James Garza's capital murder trial.

Since closing arguments ended Monday at 10:40 a.m., jurors have spent more than 12 hours deliberating the case.

Garza faces an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole if found guilty in the killing of Mario Raygoza, 19, in 2009.

State District Judge Melisa Skinner sent jurors home at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

“We kind of have a good idea from the notes coming out, that they're split at 11-1 and they're having difficulty getting past that,” prosecutor David Lunan said after they left.

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