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Jury stuck on murder count in toddler death case

March 31, 2014
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A jury says it's deadlocked on the most serious charge against a Philadelphia man on trial in the death of his girlfriend's toddler son.

The Philadelphia Inquirer ( said jurors reported Monday that they couldn't reach a decision on a charge of third-degree murder in the case against 30-year-old Joseph Zysk, who is on trial for the 2011 beating death of 3-year-old Jason Larkin Jr.

The jury didn't say if they had yet considered the lesser homicide count of involuntary manslaughter.

They will return Tuesday for a third full day of deliberations.

Prosecutor John O'Neill said Zysk lost his temper and punched Jason repeatedly because the toddler was crying.

Defense attorney Evan Hughes says the case is a terrible tragedy but it's not murder.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer,



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