Spector Jury At Impasse?

Jurors in Phil Spector’s murder trial have indicated they believe they are at an impasse, the judge said Tuesday in a hearing triggered by a note from the panel in its seventh day of deliberations.

"The jury has announced to the clerk that they believe they are hung," Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler told attorneys called to hearing.

Spector is charged with second-degree murder, and the judge previously ruled that the panel would only decide that charge and not consider possible lesser charges such as manslaughter.

The judge, however, told the attorneys that he was reconsidering and believed he might have cause to instruct the jury to consider a lesser charge.