Jurors will keep deliberating Monday whether to sentence Andre Hampton to life without parole or death.
Jurors said they are making progress and have not reached any "impasse."
They spent about eight hours total discussing it between Thursday and Friday.
A juror keeps telling the judge she has some personal problem at home and is having trouble focusing. The juror, a middle-aged woman, sent the judge two notes, one Friday morning and one Friday afternoon. The judge wouldn't give specifics in open court. He just said she's having trouble focusing, but that she is not asking to get off the jury.
The judge told jurors that it is their job to concentrate and deliberate on Andre Hampton's sentence and that he will work with them if scheduling is an issue, even if it means holding court over a weekend or skipping days.
At one point, the juror in question raised her hand and said something to the judge in a low, quivering voice. It looked like she was crying.
Hampton's lawyers saw that and asked for a mistrial on the sentencing phase, saying they can't count on her giving the life-or-death decision her undivided attention. One said, "I don't want her rushing to some judgment...pencil in what they (other jurors) want, to get out of there."
But the judge said no mistrial, which would have meant picking a new jury and doing the entire sentencing phase over.