NYC judge tells Astor jury to keep deliberating

October 5, 2009 1:42:48 PM PDT
Jurors in the five-month-long criminal trial over New York City philanthropist Brooke Astor's will have been told to keep deliberating after indicating they're struggling to reach a verdict.

Judge Kirke A. Bartley told the jury Monday to "hang in there" as deliberations stretched into an evidently stressful eighth day. He reminded jurors the verdict must be unanimous and urged them to be "respectful" with one another.

Jurors went home for the night shortly afterward. It wasn't clear what sparked their disagreement.

Astor's son, Anthony Marshall, and estate lawyer Francis Morrissey are charged with looting her nearly $200 million estate. They say the socialite - who died in 2007 at age 105 knew what she was doing when she changed her will to give Marshall millions of dollars.

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