McKINNEY, Texas – Jurors in the murder trial of a woman accused of cutting off her baby's arms deliberated for a third Friday, even asking the judge to define "deliberation."
The jury had deliberated for two days in the trial of Dena Schlosser, 37, before sending a note to State District Judge Chris Oldner on Thursday saying they couldn't agree on a verdict. Oldner urged them to keep trying.
Among the notes sent to the judge Friday was a request for him to define "deliberation" and the precise role of a juror. Oldner read the answers from Black's Law Dictionary.
Defense attorney David Haynes and prosecutor Curtis Howard said they had never heard of such a request.
Jurors also asked to rehear testimony from Schlosser's husband that his wife had called to tell him she had cut off their daughter's arms. John Schlosser had testified that he didn't believe her at first.
Oldner ruled that the jury would be sequestered and that deliberations would resume Saturday if there wasn't a verdict Friday.
Schlosser pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the death of her 10-month-old daughter, Margaret. Police said they had found her soaked in blood, holding a knife and listening to a hymn as the baby lay dying in her crib.
The defense says Schlosser didn't know right from wrong during the 2004 slaying.
Her attorneys want her committed to a state mental hospital. Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence.