Jurors at an impasse in William Husel murder trial
Updated: April 19, 2022, 6:29 AM ET
Jurors return to the courthouse Tuesday morning in the murder trial of former Mount Carmel doctor William Husel. The jury on Monday told the judge they were deadlocked at an impasse.
Judge Michael Holbrook told the jury to break for lunch and continue deliberating, which they did through the afternoon Monday.
Holbrook read instructions based on the 'Howard charge,' which is used when a jury cannot come to a unanimous decision. It asks the jury to make one more final and sincere attempt to resolve the case.
The instructions read to the jurors reads in part, "It is your duty to decide the case, if you can conscientiously do so. You should listen to one another' s arguments with a disposition to be persuaded. Do not hesitate to reexamine your views and change your position if you are convinced it is erroneous. If there is disagreement, all jurors should reexamine their positions, given that a unanimous verdict has not been reached."
Read the full instructions read to the jurors below.
Monday marked the fourth day of deliberations. Jurors were given last Friday off.
Attorneys in the William Husel murder trial made their final appeals to jurors last week, with closing arguments proceeding after a week's worth of delay. Jury deliberations began the morning of April 12.
Husel faces 14 counts of murder - and if convicted, life in prison - for prescribing what prosecutors have said throughout the trial was excessive and fatal doses of fentanyl and other drugs. Husel has pled not guilty to the charges.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more details become avaliable.