Jury at an impasse in Colucci trial, jury will start again Friday morning

Michael Colucci stands with his defense team during the first week of his murder trial in Berkeley County.

The jury in the Michael Colucci murder trial was sent home for the evening on Thursday. During deliberations the judge was given a note from inside the jury room saying they are at an impasse.

Colucci is on trial facing murder charges in the May 2015 death of his wife Sara.

Judge Deadra Jefferson said jurors will have additional guidance and instructions before beginning on Friday.

The jury started deliberations just after noon on Thursday. The note about the impasse was given to the judge around 4:30 p.m.

The judge told jurors during instructions Thursday morning, they must have a verdict on one of the three things: Michael Colucci is guilty of murder, Michael Colucci is guilty of voluntary manslaughter or Michael Colucci is not guilty.

Before deliberations both the prosecution and the defense gave closing arguments. The defense said those involved in the investigation still do not know how Sara died of asphyxiation on May 20, 2015.

“The medical information, the law enforcement information and all the king’s horses and all the king’s men that were available to provide information in January of 2016, the manner of death can still not be determined,” said Andy Savage, Colucci’s defense attorney. “Nothing has changed since then, there is no new evidence, there is nothing at all.”

The prosecution said they presented enough evidence to show Colucci killed Sara to find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

“There is only one explanation for what happened here, Michael Colucci strangled his wife to death that is it,” Assistant Deputy Attorney General Megan Burchstead told the jury on Thursday. “He did it with hate in his heart and malice, he is guilty of murder.”