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Jurors in Schenectady murder trial end day without reaching verdict

Thursday, March 21, 2013
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— 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, the jury had deliberated about 16 hours. Jurors have yet to ask for any testimony to be read back from the six weeks of the trial.

The only 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 possession, evidence tampering and child endangerment.

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

 
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