Jury in Burrell Ellis case unable to reach verdict


The jury charged with reaching a verdict in the Burrell Ellis case is unable to reach verdict.

Members of the jury in the trial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis returned for a sixth day of deliberations after they were unable to reach a verdict Tuesday morning and afternoon.

The jury sent a note to the judge Wednesday morning saying they were deadlocked. However, the judge told them to keep working on it.

On several occasions throughout the day Tuesday, the jury asked questions of the judge and attorneys, trying to clarify technical points from the testimony.

One of those questions was whether or not a lunch hour belongs to an employee, another question related to what the difference is between an hourly employee and a salaried employee.

The answers to those questions did not help guide jurors to a verdict on the 13 counts faced by Ellis. Those counts include perjury, extortion and bribery. The state has argued that Ellis, in his role as the DeKalb County's Chief Executive Officer, tried to strong-arm contractors into giving him campaign contributions, or risk losing their work with the county.

Ellis has maintained his innocence. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

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