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Still No Verdict in Adam Hatfield Murder Trial

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There is still no verdict in the Adam Hatfield murder trial after hours of deliberation. Jurors went into deliberations around noon Tuesday to decide the fate of 25-year-old Adam Hatfield. Hatfield is accused of using a baseball bat to kill his father Matt Hatfield.

Legal experts say there is no standard amount of time for juries to decide on a verdict, but it is not unusual in a murder case for a jury to take a long time to come up with a verdict.

Legal experts say the more days gone by, the more chance of a hung jury, but generally judges encourage jurors to keep working toward a verdict. "Because there's so much time and resource in terms of money and emotion that have gone into getting ready for doing that trial that you don't want to cast it off lightly and just start over," said University of Montana, Professor of Law Cynthia Ford.

The jury must reach a unanimous decision to have a verdict. If there is a hung jury, that means the state will have another chance at trying the case with a brand new jury.

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