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      Jury fails to reach verdict in murder trial

      A Florence County jury will report back to court Friday morning after failing to reach a unanimous decision Thursday night in the murder trial of Justin Simms, 22.

      He's charged with Murder, Armed Robbery and Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime in the death of Marcus Weaver, 24.

      Weaver was shot to death outside a motel on West Lucas Street in Florence on January 10, 2010.

      Court officials say the jury deliberated until 8 p.m. Thursday and were sent home.

      Circuit Court Judge Knox McMahon is expected to ask jurors if they can reach a verdict.

      If they're unable to do so, it's expected that a mistrial will be declared. We will let you know what happens.

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