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Jurors in Whitey Bulger trial sent home for weekend

This June 23, 2011 booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James "Whitey" Bulger, who fled Boston in 1994 and wasn't captured until 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif., after 16 years on the run.

This June 23, 2011 booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James "Whitey" Bulger, who fled Boston in 1994 and wasn't captured until 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif., after 16 years on the run.  (AP/ U.S. Marshals Service)

Jurors in the racketeering trial of reputed crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger were sent home for the weekend after a fourth day of deliberations ended with no verdict.

The day was highlighted by an angry spat between prosecution and defense lawyers over a comment prosecutors said showed a defense lawyer is trying to influence jurors.

On Friday, prosecutor Brian Kelly asked the judge to admonish attorney J.W. Carney Jr., citing comments he made to reporters praising the jury's diligence. Kelly called the comments "an obvious attempt" to influence the panel.

Carney says he was making a "neutral" comment. Judge Denise Casper did not take any immediate action.

The 83-year-old Bulger is charged in a sweeping racketeering indictment with playing a role in 19 killings. He was one of the nation's most wanted fugitives until being captured in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2011.

Jurors in the case are not sequestered.