When jurors in the Thomas Arthur Applegate case finished deliberating for the day Tuesday, they were still hopelessly deadlocked — 11 to one — with regard to what degree of murder and attempted murder Applegate should be found guilty of.
However, when they resume deliberation this morning, they will not have to ponder on the first-degree option.
Humboldt County Superior Court Judge John T. Feeney announced in open court at about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday that the first-degree charges had been dismissed and that jurors are to no longer deliberate on that degree with regard to the murder and attempted murder counts.
After announcing the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office decision to drop the first-degree option, Feeney dismissed the jurors for the day but ordered them back today at 8:30 a.m. to resume their deliberation.
As the jurors walked out of the courtroom Tuesday afternoon, one had tears streaming down her face...
...When asked why he decided to drop the first-degree option on the murder and attempted murder charges, Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos said, “It was a calculated decision based upon the information we have.” Read the rest