Jurors in the trial of Carlton Vines were unable to come to a verdict on the decision. Reportedly the jurors were deadlocked with some voting guilty and some not guilty. Sources tell AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio that a new trial will be scheduled within the next few weeks.
Jurors earlier reported the results of three votes. The first was 10-2; the second was 6-4 with two undecided; and the third was 7-3 with two undecided.
The jury first said it was deadlocked at around 2:30 p.m. At that time, Judge G. Carey Nelson gave jurors the Allen Charge, instructions about considering all opinions and the desirability of a verdict.
Jury foreperson Rachel Edge said the jury was leaning toward a guilty vote, but a couple of jurors would not be budged.
Vines was standing trial on charges stemming from the 2006 State Court Judge Elections and was accused of unlawful possession of absentee ballots. AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio will have more on the story tommorow morning at 7 AM.
Sources:RNT and The Summerville News