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Despite Saturday deliberations, jury remains deadlocked in Thomas sentence hearing

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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A jury has indicated to a Columbus County judge that it is deadlocked on the question of sentencing for Danny Thomas.

Jurors deliberated all day Saturday. By 5:00 p.m., they still hadn't reached a decision. The judge said deliberations will start back up Monday morning, with jurors continuing to deliberate.

Thomas was found guilty last week of killing four people in Columbus County in 2005.  Thomas is also accused of killing Craig Williams in addition to newlyweds Dennis and Regina Inman and Regina's brother Anthony Martin.  Investigators believe money could have been his motive.

Five detention officers from Durham testified Tuesday that Thomas did not cause any problems when he was in jail from 2006-2009.  A prison expert took the stand and said Thomas would succeed in jail.

During closing arguments, the defense said Thomas was raped when he was 5 years old.  Prosecutors questioned that if Thomas doesn't get the death penalty in this case, who should?

The jury is trying to decide if Thomas should spend life in prison or be put to death for his crimes. The jury foreman told the judge it's almost a split decision and asked the judge for guidance.  He sent them back to the jury room to continue deliberating, but a decision has not yet been made.

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