Jury Deliberations Under Way In Myron Britt Trial
Posted June 15, 2006 8:13 a.m. EDT
LUMBERTON, N.C. — Jurors deliberated for more than eight hours on Thursday in the murder trial of a Cary contractor accused of killing his wife.
"You have no friend to reward, you have no enemy to punish, you have no anger to appease, or sorrow to assuage," said Robeson County Superior Court Judge James Ammons to the jury.
They must decide whether Myron Britt killed his wife, Nancy Britt, at her mother's Lumberton home in 2003. If convicted, Britt faces the death penalty.
Jurors spent the day deliberating, occasionally asking to examine key evidence in the case, including photographs, bullets and 911 calls.
Once jurors left the courtroom, Ammons addressed an emotional outburst by Britt's daughter, Lauren Britt, on Wednesday during closing arguments.
"If you feel like you're not going to be able to contain yourself, then you need to leave," Ammons said. "If you feel like you're losing control, you need to leave then and not come back."
The judge threatened to ban Lauren Britt from the courtroom but allowed her to say after she apologized for the outburst.
Deliberations were scheduled to continue on Friday.
Prosecutors argued that Britt killed his wife for financial reasons, but defense attorneys contend that Britt had no motive to kill his wife.