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Jury in Burrell Ellis trial resumes deliberations next week

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Jurors in the Burrell Ellis corruption trial were sent home for the weekend after failing to reach a verdict on the fifth day of deliberations.

The suspended DeKalb County CEO is accused of threatening vendors to make campaign contributions or lose their county contracts.

A member of the jury who became angry with other jurors on Thursday sent a note to the judge Friday morning.

Judge Courtney Johnson read the note in court:

"Judge Johnson, I want to apologize for the disturbance that took place in the jury room. I honestly felt attacked, slash bullied for having a voice and actually deliberating. Some are not clearly saying anything because they're ready to retire. I truly believe the DA's office and the defense team have worked extremely hard on this case. It's only fair for me as a juror to take this position serious. I've given the utmost to all jurors and expect the same in return, and again, I'm sorry for responding to an inappropriate response. I can honestly say that I will continue to complete this task as professional as possible."

On Thursday, the judge sent jurors home early when tensions flared among them and could not be resolved.

Much of the prosecution's case has rested on secretly recorded tapes of Ellis' conversations about contractors.

Before leaving on Friday, the jury sent out a note and asked if the recordings were obtained illegally, should they be ignored as evidence. Johnson said she would take the issue up next week.

The judge reluctantly agreed to give the jury Monday off for the Columbus Day holiday. Deliberations resume Tuesday morning. 

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