Jury to Keep Deliberating in Trial of Ex-Lawmaker


By CBS-8 Reporter

CAMDEN, Ala. (AP) - Jurors will return to the Wilcox County Courthouse at 9 a.m. Friday to continue deliberating the fate of a 69-year old former state legislator charged with sexual abuse of a 17-year old girl.


The girl was an honor student at Wilcox-Central High School where former state Rep. James Thomas of Selma was principal at the time of the November 2010 incident. She testified that Thomas kissed her and forced her to touch his "private parts" after asking her to come into his office.


After considering the case for 2 ½ hours Thursday, the panel left for the day. The 10 women and two men on the jury at one point told Circuit Judge Jack Meigs they were having difficulty reaching a decision but were told to keep working.

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