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September 21, 2012

HUNG JURY: Gilliam faces new trial

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The wife of the late London attorney Larry Gilliam will face a new trial after a Laurel jury failed to reach unanimous agreement on a verdict.

Referred to as a “hung jury,” Special Circuit Judge Robert McGinnis excused the jury around 7 p.m. Wednesday after the jury foreman announced, for a second time, the three-man, nine-woman jury could not agree on whether or not Lisa Gilliam shot and killed her husband, Larry Gilliam, on Jan. 7, 2011.

The fourth-floor courtroom was like a revolving door as the jury deliberated the facts of the case, starting shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday. An hour and a half later, the jury came back, requesting a recording from one of the officers responding to the scene be replayed. They also asked to see the gun used in the incident that left Larry Gilliam dead of a gunshot wound to the chest.

The jury went back to deliberate at 5 p.m., but return with their announcement they could not come to an agreement on the verdict, and were ordered by McGinnis to resume deliberations. An hour later, the jury returned to the courtroom and announced that a unanimous decision could not be reached.

Defense attorneys Scott Foster and Robert Norfleet said they were disappointed with the failure of a verdict but they would continue to review the evidence and prepare for a new trial.

“Our client is happy the public got to hear her case,” Foster said. “We are sure that in the next trial she will be acquitted. Her story was consistent throughout, within the minutes after to the hours and days later. This is a new stumbling block but we will keep working.”

“She (Gilliam) has maintained she is innocent from the beginning,” Norfleet added. “To say we are not disappointed is an understatement, but we heard the questions the jurors had about the evidence and we will work to present the case so the next 12 jurors can reach a verdict of not guilty. I really wish there was an ‘innocent’ verdict to this case rather than not guilty because Lisa has said all along she did not kill her husband.”

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