Jurors deliberate at Ohio trial hinging on blinks

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Associated Press

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 3:04 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Jurors will head into a third day of deliberations in an Ohio murder case hinging on whether a dying, paralyzed man identified his shooter by blinking his eyes.

Jurors are scheduled to reconvene Thursday after failing to reach a verdict after a second day of deliberations Wednesday in the trial of 35-year-old Ricardo Woods of Cincinnati. Woods is accused of shooting David Chandler in 2010. Chandler was left paralyzed from the neck down and unable to speak before his death about two weeks later.

Prosecutors told jurors that Chandler clearly identified Woods by blinking his eyes in a video interview with police. Officials said Chandler blinked three times for "yes" to identify Woods' photo.

The defense described Chandler's blinking as unreliable due to his condition and medication.

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