DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Jurors who have been arguing among themselves are expected to resume deliberations in the trial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis.
Deliberations were cut short for the day when the judge hearing the trial sent bickering jurors home about five hours early on Thursday.
Jurors are expected back in court at 9 a.m. Friday.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported (http://on-ajc.com/1rkFuEe) that jurors sent Judge Courtney Johnson a note complaining about personality conflicts among the panel and the foreperson's leadership. Johnson told jurors she was sending them home so they could calm down. Judge Johnson also told jurors they're free to pick a new leader.
Ellis is charged with bribery, theft, extortion and perjury. He's accused of pressuring county contractors into giving him contributions for his 2012 re-election campaign.