Jury concludes deliberations for the weekend in Pilcher trial

<font size="2">Robert Eugene Pilcher</font>

The first full day of deliberations in the murder trial of Robert Eugene Pilcher has come to an end without a verdict.ã??

Jurors returned to the courthouse around 9 Friday morning and worked throughout the day.

Sometime after 3 p.m. jurors informed the court that they had not yet reached a verdict and were ready to retire for the day.

Jurors were formally dismissed just after 4 p.m.

Judge Meadows gave the case to the panel around 4 Thursday afternoon, so the jury has been deliberating for about eight hours in total.

The Jurors have a lot of evidence to work through and some difficult questions to try to answer.

Prosecutors told jurors during closing arguments that the circumstantial case against the 67-year-old Pilcher is a strong one, but the 40 year lapse between the murder of Mary Jayne Jones and the start of trial does present a challenge for both the government and the jury charged with rendering a verdict.

The panel is expected to return to deliberations around 9 a.m. Monday.