Tues. 10:10 pm: Hamad jury deadlocked on sentencing

WARREN – The jury in the capital murder trial of Nasser Hamad will continue deliberating the Howland man’s sentence Wednesday morning after they were deadlocked Tuesday night on whether he should get the death penalty.

After deliberating for 9 1/2 hours Tuesday and being unable to reach a decision, Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald J. Rice sequestered the jury of six men and six women at the Best Western Hotel across Courthouse Square just after 9 p.m. He confiscated their cell phones and the television sets in their third-floor hotel rooms were unplugged.

The jurors will be awakened at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and will have breakfast before returning to court to continue deliberations at 9 a.m. Rice will have the final decision on Hamad’s fate.

Read more in Wednesday’s Tribune Chronicle.