NORFOLK, Virginia (WAWI) – An erroneous trial has been announced after a jury failed to decide whether to recognize Norfolk’s nanny, accused of the crime of child neglect.
A jury of seven men and five women told Judge Everett Martin that after hours of deliberation, they were hopelessly deadlocked, according to Chris Horn of WAVY. The jury told 10 On Your Side that the stalemate was 10-2 in favor of an innocent decision.
Jurors for serious crimes must be unanimousstated in the U.S. Constitution.
Jury considered the case against Jessica Ann Cherry on Tuesday, and began discussions Tuesday afternoon after the prosecution and defense rested.
Cherry was charged with the crime of neglect of children after a 1-year-old girl she watched in 2018 was seriously injured.
Martin says he will work with attorneys to arrange a new trial date if the Commonwealth attorney plans to continue the case.
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