The jury foreman in the Sagon Penn murder trial told the judge Wednesday that jurors needed "a week or two more" in deliberations before reaching verdicts, but the jurors rebuffed the judge's suggestion that they meet on Saturday to make up for lost time.
The comment by foreman Douglas Bernd came as the jury finished their 21st day discussing the March 31, 1985, shootings that left a police officer dead and two people wounded.
San Diego Superior Court Judge Ben Hamrick asked the foreman "are you making progress?" after calling the jurors in at the end of the day Wednesday.
"Yes. Slow but sure," said Bernd.
"Can you give us an estimate of how much more you'll be?" Hamrick queried.
"A week or two more," said the foreman.
"You think it will take that long?" asked a surprised Hamrick.
"Yes, to be fair," Bernd answered.
Neither Penn nor the attorneys in the case were present for the foreman's estimate. Hamrick appeared stunned after the jury left.