Tues, 2 p.m.: Jury continues deliberations on Hamad’s fate

WARREN – The jury in the trial of Nasser Hamad – the Howland man convicted of killing two people and wounding three others – have continued deliberating through the lunch break this afternoon.

The jury, which began their talks shortly after 10 a.m. today, could recommend life imprisonment, with or without the opportunity of parole, or the death penalty.

Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Ronald J. Rice, who will have the final decision on Hamad’s fate, ordered the six women and six men to continue their deliberations as lunch was being brought into the jury room from a downtown restaurant. If they can not come to a decision today, they will spend the night in a downtown hotel.

Hamad, 48, was convicted Oct. 30 by that same jury of two counts of aggravated murder and six counts of attempted aggravated murder.

The charges are connected to a Feb. 25 shooting at Hamad’s state Route 46 home.