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Hastings trial begins deliberations

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Court reconvened Saturday morning for the manslaughter trial of former Little Rock police officer Josh Hastings in connection with the shooting of 15-year-old Bobby Moore in 2012.

After six days of testimony and arguments, the jury began their deliberations at about 11 a.m. Besides a verdict of not guilty, the jury could also find him guilty of either manslaughter or negligent homicide, a lesser charge.

After seven hours, the nine women and three men were still undecided. At this point, Judge Wendell Griffen decided to have them return on Sunday to continue. They are to show up by 11:30 a.m. to begin deliberations by noon.

If the jury fails to reach a verdict by Sunday evening, Judge Griffen could elect to declare a mistrial. This would necessitate the choosing of a new jury for another trial.

If convicted of manslaughter, Hastings could be sentenced to as much as twenty years behind bars.


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