Deadlock: Judge Sends Jury Home After Death Sentence Stalemate

UPDATE: Cleveland, OH - New developments in death penalty phase for a convicted cop killer.

The jury in the Lamidi Kafaru case is apparently deadlocked on the death penalty so it has been thrown out by a judge.

Jurors had to select a sentence of life without parole, parole after 25-years or parole after 30-years - but were unable to do so.

Late Friday, the judge released the jury because they could not reach a decision.

The judge will sentence Kafaru next Friday, October 31st.

19-year-old Kafaru convicted of murdering Cleveland police officer Derek Owens last week.

Officer Owens shot and killed in the line of duty last February during a foot chase.

This, after Owens and his partner caught Kafaru and some friends drinking in an abandoned garage.

36-year-old Owens was a ten-year veteran of the Cleveland Police Department, a husband and father of two young children when he was slain.