Weekend pressures loom for jury in highway shootings case

There’s still no sign if the jury in the Columbus-area highway shootings trial is close to a verdict.

Jurors took a longer than usual afternoon break today. The plan is to break after 7 pm after another ten-hour day.

Deliberations go through the weekend until there’s a decision.

Not only is the weather in central Ohio sunny and warm, Sunday is Mother’s Day. The judge notes that one juror’s child has a prom this weekend and another’s child has an 18th birthday.

The defense acknowledges McCoy is behind the 12 shootings over five months in 2003 and 2004 but says his untreated paranoid schizophrenia prevented him from understanding they were wrong.

Jurors must decide if he intended to kill when he shot, then consider the insanity plea. (Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)