Sharpnack jury continues deliberations

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News

kvue.com

Posted on July 12, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 12 at 6:30 PM

AUSTIN -- A Travis County jury has been deliberating more than 11 hours in the aggravated assault case involving the punching death of an Austin architect.

The jury has asked several questions, including 'What is the definition of reasonable doubt and where were Matt Casey's hands before he was punched?' 

A homeless man, Preston Sharpnack, is on trial for aggravated assaulted. Police say he punched Austin architect, Matt Casey, causing him to fall, killing him.

It happened last Labor Day weekend near 6th Street.

Sharpnack's lawyer believes the jury's long deliberations are a hopeful sign for his client.

"The evidence can cut both ways. People have an opinion. Jurors are obviously standing by their guns. They've been here a significant amount of time," defense lawyer Malcolm Nettles said. 

Judge Karen Sage told the jury to continue deliberating until they reach a verdict -- even if it takes all night. Just after 5 p.m. Friday, the jury told her they were deadlocked. She urged them to keep trying to reach a verdict.

Just before 6:30 p.m. Friday, Judge Sage sent the jurors home for weekend. They are expected to return Monday.

 

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