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Day 4 of jury deliberations in McElheny murder trial continue

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TROY, N.Y. (WTEN) - After nine hours of deliberations on Tuesday, jurors in the Joseph McElheny murder trial were unable to reach a verdict.

It was the third day of jury deliberations at the Rensselaer County Courthouse, leaving by telling the judge they were having a hard time reaching a unanimous decision on all of the nine charges against McElheny.

Jurors did say they reached a verdict on six of the nine charges, but they must decide on all nine to avoid a hung jury.

They will head back for their fourth day at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

31-year-old Joseph McElheny, of Hoosick Falls, is charged with six separate charges, including murder and manslaughter in the second degree, as well as three counts of assault for the death of his baby daughter, 4-month-old Ina.

Prosecutors say she died at the hands of her father's abuse, but the defense claims Ina suffered from an underlying medical condition that led to the internal injuries that took the baby's life.

An autopsy revealed Ina died in August of 2010 from a ruptured intestine.

Six different doctors testified through the course of the three-week long trial. The jury asked the judge for read-backs of some of the medical testimony.

The jury also asked for a definition of the charges against McElheny.

Check back to for updates on a possible verdict throughout the day.


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