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Carbonaro jury said to be deadlocked

Rochester, N.Y. -- The Monroe County jury considering DWI and manslaughter charges in the trial of Taylor Carbonaro, 23, is sending notes to the judge that indicates deliberations are deadlocked.

This comes after a two-week trial and barely two days of deliberations. The jury sent two notes to that effect on Tuesday. The most recent note indicated the jury has two sides that don't appear to agree and they are "at an impasse."

Monroe County Court Judge Victoria Argento has twice received these notes and read the jury an "Allen charge," which essentially encourages jurors to continue deliberations.

Carbonaro was arrested in February 2012 following a one-car crash on Route 19 in the Town of Sweden. His girlfriend, Mallory Hale, 24, was killed in the crash. Both were returning home from a bar and both were thrown from the vehicle after it struck a pole, a tree and a parked pickup truck.

At the scene and at the hospital, Carbonaro made statements that indicated he was driving and had been drinking.

At trial, Carbonaro's lawyer presented evidence that suggested his client had no memory of the incident because of injuries he sustained. Other evidence suggested Hale was in fact behind the wheel of the car.

The jury was sent home around 5 p.m. Tuesday and ordered to return to the Hall of Justice Wednesday morning to continue deliberations.

 
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