Deliberations Will Continue Monday in Bryant Trial

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

May 19, 2006

After a full day of deliberations the jury still has no verdict in the trial of Louis Antonio Bryant, the alleged leader of a dangerous Charlottesville street gang.

The jury went home for the weekend around 5 p.m. But there was some indication late today of where the jury is in their decision process.

They gave a note to the judge asking if they had to reach a verdict on all the charges against Bryant. Bryant is facing a litany of charges from racketeering and conspiracy to drug trafficking, all stemming from what prosecutors say was a ten year crime spree on the west side of Charlottesville.

The judge said they should do their best to come to a unanimous agreement on all the charges.

But they only have to agree on the conspiracy charge and two other drug charges in order to find him guilty of being part of a continuing criminal enterprise.

If found guilty, Bryant faces up to life in prison.
The jury will be back here on Monday to continue deliberating.

If found guilty, Bryant could spend the rest of his life in prison.


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