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Jury deliberating in Chick-Fil-A murder case

By Al Pefley email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Jurors will resume deliberating Friday in the Chick-Fil-A murder case. The judge sent them home shortly before 5 Thursday evening.

The jury got the case Wednesday afternoon  and so far they have not reached a verdict.

Twenty-six-year-old Jessie Miller is on trial for first degree murder, kidnapping and robbery.

He is accused of taking part in the slaying of 18-year-old Nicholas Megrath, the night manager at the Chick-Fil-A eatery at the Palm Beach Mall in May 1999.

Megrath was bound to a chair with duct tape and was shot in the head at point-blank range. Prosecutors say they have Miller's DNA on a ski-mask found at the scene. They also say Miller's handwriting was on a note at the crime scene that had the combination to the restaurant's safe.

But the defense says that evidence is weak and inconclusive and does not prove by any means that Miller was involved in the murder.

Miller is one of three people police linked to the slaying. One is already in prison.

By law, prosecutors cannot seek the death penalty against Miller because he was a juvenile at the time of the crime. He was only 17. If convicted, he would face a mandatory life sentence.

Over the past two days,  Wednesday and Thursday, jurors have spent about 10 hours deliberating without reaching a verdict. They are supposed to return Friday morning at 8:30 to resume deliberations.  When the judge excused them for the day Thursday evening, they did not indicate if they are close to reaching a verdict.

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