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Jury keeps talking in man's murder trial.

Byline: Gary V. Murray

WORCESTER - The jury in the Patrick I. Powell murder trial deliberated for about another four hours yesterday without reaching a verdict.

The panel of eight men and four women was scheduled to return to Worcester Superior Court this morning to resume its deliberations. About 22 hours of deliberations over four days have failed to produce a verdict in the case.

Mr. Powell, 19, is charged in the Jan. 6, 2006, fatal stabbing of 21-year-old Daniel Columbo during an altercation on Carroll Street in Milford. Mr. Powell maintains he acted in defense of himself and Vinnie Ruscitti, a co-defendant who is still awaiting trial, when he stabbed Mr. Columbo once in the chest.

Mr. Powell and Mr. Ruscitti, both of Milford, were 16 at the time of the killing.

The jury's verdict options in Mr. Powell's case are: not guilty of any crime, or guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter. The trial began May 27.

Shortly after 2 p.m. yesterday, the jurors asked Judge John S. McCann for 11 more copies of his written instructions on the law to be applied in the case. Judge McCann complied.

The jury was sent home about 4 p.m. and was scheduled to resume its deliberations at 9 a.m. today.


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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Jun 23, 2009
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