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CNN Today

Jurors Return to Deliberations in Third Day of Amadou Diallo Murder Trial

Aired February 25, 2000 - 2:06 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Clear across the country, the fate of four New York City police officers lies with a jury, twelve men and women and one question: Did circumstances warrant the officers' actions in the shooting death of West African immigrant Amadou Diallo?

CNN's Maria Hinojosa is covering the case in Albany, New York -- Maria.

MARIA HINOJOSA: Natalie, the intensity here in the courtroom, the anxiety is heightened once again as in a few minutes the jurors will resume deliberating after taking their lunch break. At this point, after 2 1/2 days of deliberating, the jurors have asked to hear -- rehear, rather, all of the central testimony in this case, this morning hearing for the second time the testimony of the officers who each shot at Amadou Diallo 16 times, also hearing from a police expert who said that they were following police procedures, the officers were, and from -- rehearing at this point now after 2 1/2 days all of the definitions of the charges facing these officers, starting with the most serious charge of second-degree murder to manslaughter to criminally-negligent homicide. These charges face sentences ranging from probation or little time all the way up to 25 years to life.

So the jurors will be resuming their deliberations any minute now here in Albany -- Natalie.

ALLEN: And Maria, did folks watching this case closely, did they predict how long they felt this might take the jury and what -- does it send any kind of signal to either side that it continues here after 2 1/2 days?

HINOJOSA: Well, because of the fact that this trial really was such a speedy trial with the jury being picked in two days and the testimony over in less than three weeks, there was a sense that a verdict would come just as fast. Clearly that's not the case. I think that both sides at this point don't really know what this means. It's really just a wait-and-see attitude right here, but clearly the tension is rising. There is a small group of protesters outside, a woman, a Buddhist woman, banging on her drum, she says for peace -- Natalie.

ALLEN: All right, Maria Hinojosa. You'll let us know when there's a verdict in that case. Thank you.

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