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Jury continues deliberating John Chapman death penalty murder case


A Palm Beach County jury ended a full day of deliberations without a verdict in the first degree murder trial of John Chapman, a man who could face the death penalty if convicted as charged in the April 2015 stabbing death of .

Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath sent the 12-member panel home just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, ending more than eight hours of deliberations without a verdict.

The jury’s only question of the day was a request to view an interrogation video from Chapman’s arrest and rehear part of his testimony from when he took the stand in his own defense last week.

In both the video and in his testimony, Chapman claimed that he stabbed Williams after she pulled a knife on him inside the cab of a pickup truck as they were parked outside of a west Boca Raton housing development.

He dumped her body in a ditch on Smith Sundy Road west of Delray Beach, where someone discovered the 28-year-old Margate woman’s remains a day later. Chapman was arrested several days later at a friend’s house in Miami.



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