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Wait Continues for Families of Mays Victims

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Kawame Mays and his attorney talk as they await the jury's sentencing decision. (WRAL-TV5 News)
RALEIGH — The jury deliberating the sentence for Kawame Mays has been sent home for the night, and will meet again Friday in an attempt to reach some decision. Indications were Thursday afternoon that they may not be able to reach a decision. If that happens, Mays will automatically receive a sentence of life in prison for the death of Michael Walker last July.

So the waiting and wondering continues for families involved in the trial. The Wake County jury also deadlocked last Friday when it failed to reach a verdict in connection with the death of Raleigh Police Officer Paul Hale.

The jury deliberated for about two hours Wednesday before going home for the night. The returned at 9:30 a.m. Thursday and deliberated all day without coming to a conclusion.

Anxious relatives of both Mays and his victims wait in the courtroom for some decision. Mays was convicted of first-degree murder in connection with Walker's death, while this jury deadlocked at a vote of 11 to 1 on an additional charge in the death of Hale.

For Walker's death, he could either receive a life sentence or the death penalty.

The defense has asked the jury to consider 22 mitigating factors, including everything from his age (19), to his learning disability, in order to sentence Mays to life in prison.

Prosecutors have vowed to re-try Mays on the charge of killing Hale. Hale's family has remained in the courtroom to see what happens in this sentencing.


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