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      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.