Jury dismisses for day; no verdict

Published 5:02 pm Tuesday, March 1, 2011

NATCHEZ — The jury in the trial of two Natchez Police officers has dismissed for the day without reaching a verdict.

They will begin deliberations again Wednesday morning.

Jurors began deliberating at 9 a.m., took a lunch break, and continue until 5 p.m. Tuesday. The trial lasted five days before deliberations began.

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Officer Elvis Prater was indicted Aug. 20 on two counts of civil rights violations.

Officer Dewayne Johnson was indicted Aug. 20 for civil rights violations for witnessing the alleged brutality and failing to protect people in custody. Johnson was also indicted on one count of credit card theft and one count of conspiracy to use it.