Still no decision from Turell Jury
TRENTON – The jury in the Ivelis Turell murder case could not reach a verdict again Monday, despite more than 18 hours of deliberation starting last Wednesday.
In a note to Mercer County Superior Court Judge Pedro Jimenez just after noon, the jury said it has deliberated a “significant’’ amount of hours and hadn’t been able make a decision.
The judge sent them to lunch with orders to return at 2 p.m. to try again to come to a verdict. By 4:15 p.m., they hadn’t and were sent home with orders to return Tuesday morning at 9.
Turell, 34, is charged with killing the father of her two boys, Michale Whitaker, during a long day of argument at their home on Ferry Street the night of April 30, 2007.
Prosecutors contend she shot deliberately because Whitaker refused to sign a letter agreeing to pay off their credit cards bills before leaving her and their sons, then ages 2 and 6.
The defense contends Turell was an abused spouse who accidentally shot Whitaker as they tussled for the gun, a 9 mm Ruger that also went off and shot the woman in the shoulder.
A dozen or so friends and relatives of both Whitaker and Turell have been attending the trial, now in its third week.