Seattle Judge Orders Jurors To Continue Deliberating Monday Despite Disagreements in Haq Case
SEATTLE (AP & KNDU) - The Seattle Jury deliberating a verdict in the trial of the man accused of shooting up a Jewish Federation office had a question for the judge this morning: What are the definitions of right and wrong and being able to tell the difference? The judge could provide no clarification to instructions the jury already received.
According to leaders in the King County Courtroom the jury reportedly came to a unanimous decision on only one part of one count this afternoon. They were divided on all other parts on all other counts. Jurors told the judge they see no likelihood of alignment on remaining counts.
The 32-year-old Pasco man pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder, attempted murder and ther charges. He faces a total of 15 counts.
Monday the Defense asked for a mistrial. The State requested that the jury continue deliberating.
The judge sided with prosecutors and told the jury to please continue with deliberations.
Monday was day 6 for the King County Superior Court jury deciding whether Naveed Haq will go to a prison or a mental hospital.
A mental health expert who testified for the defense says Haq thought he was on a mission from god and unable to tell right from wrong when he shot up the office in July 2006.
The prosecutor's expert agrees Haq has mental problems but knew what he was doing.
After five weeks of testimony the case went to the jury May 23.