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Judge Coy Brewer sent the 12-member panel home after it returned t

March 6, 1997

Judge Coy Brewer sent the 12-member panel home after it returned to court a second time today to say it was at an impasse.

Jurors had to decide whether to impose a death or life sentence for Burmeister II, 21, of Thompson, Pa., who was convicted last week of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy in the death of a black couple slain on a Fayetteville street.

The deadlock means Judge Coy Brewer was required to impose life terms when the sentencing hearing convened at 4:30 p.m.

The jury foreman said at 3:45 p.m. that the panel remained at the same 11-1 impasse it was at this morning.

``Do you believe there is any reasonable possibility that with additional deliberation, that this jury will be able to reach a unanimous recommendation?″ Brewer asked.

``We do not,″ the foreman said.

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