After nearly nine hours of deliberations Monday, an Horry County jury did not reach a decision on the guilt or innocence of a Socastee store owner accused of killing his wife inside the family's convenience store, so the panel will return to court today.
Deliberations began about 11 a.m. Monday, after four days of testimony in the trial of 55-year-old Asghar Eliaderani, who is accused of murder in the March 2008 death of 42-year-old Farrah Abbasi.
"Keeping you here tonight any longer would not serve a useful purpose," Circuit Court Judge Steven John told jurors before he dismissed them about 7:45 p.m. Monday.
"You have some more work to do in this particular case before your work is done."
While deliberating, jurors asked the judge two questions - one was for an explanation of the law as it applies to the case, and the other was to watch a video that was played during the trial - but hours later they had not reached a decision.