MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – The jury in the murder trial for 22-year-old Jakerrey Chambers went home without reaching a verdict Wednesday, February 26.
Around two p.m., the panel sent word to Judge Ben Brooks saying the jurors were deadlocked. The judge brought the panel into the courtroom and told them he would not dismiss them, and after giving them additional instructions sent them back.
Chambers’ family members prayed outside the courtroom as jurors deliberated to try to determine his guilt or innocence in the murder of a Mobile couple.
Roy Ezell, 57, and his wife Sherley, 59, were severely beaten inside their home on Horton Drive in January 2011. Ezell, who was also stabbed, died on the scene. His wife died two weeks later in the hospital.
Prosecutors said Chambers, who was like the couple’s grandson, committed the crime. Ms. Ezell’s blood was found inside the couple’s car that Chambers often borrowed.
Chambers changed his story about what he did the day of the murders during videotaped police interviews. At first he said he didn’t go into the house, but later he told police he was threatened and robbed by two men with a baseball when he showed up at the Ezell’s home.
The defense painted Roy Ezell as a drug dealer who sold illegal prescription pills out of his home, indicating anyone who knew Ezell kept large sums of money in the house might have killed the couple.
LaSonja Evans said the investigation and trial has been a painful process for Sherley’s family.
“It’s been a long three years. I mean, it ain’t a day that goes by that we don’t think about each and every one of them. It’s like a burden. I just miss her so much,” Evans said.
The jurors will resume deliberations at 9 a.m. Thursday.