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Update: No verdict yet in Schenectady murder trial

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
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Murder defendant James Wells talks to defense attorney Cheryl Coleman after her  Monday morning summations. Wells is on trial for the murder of Eddie Stanley in the stairwell of 730 Bridge St. in the early-morning hours of June 12, 2011.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Murder defendant James Wells talks to defense attorney Cheryl Coleman after her Monday morning summations. Wells is on trial for the murder of Eddie Stanley in the stairwell of 730 Bridge St. in the early-morning hours of June 12, 2011.

— The Schenectady County Court jury deliberating the fate of James Wells, the man accused of gunning down 15-year-old Eddie Stanley in 2011, finished its second full day of deliberations Thursday without reaching a verdict.

Through the end of the day Thursday, the jury had deliberated about 16 hours. Jurors have yet to ask for any testimony to be read back from the six weeks of testimony in the case.

The jury Thursday also did not send a note out asking about anything. The first note of the day came shortly after 4 p.m., asking to go home at 4:30.

Wells, 33, of Brooklyn, faces a top count of second-degree murder for allegedly killing the unarmed teenager after a party at 730 Bridge St. He also faces other counts, including weapons, evidence-tampering and child-endangerment charges.

Prosecutors contend it was Wells who fired four shots from a .44 Magnum revolver early on the morning of June 12, 2011, killing the high school basketball player. Wells maintains it was not him.

The case has been prosecuted by Philip Mueller. Wells is being defended by attorney Cheryl Coleman.

 
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