Jurors deadlock on life sentence for 2 slayings in Indiana

Jurors have deadlocked on whether to recommend a sentence of life in prison for a 24-year-old Evansville man convicted of murder and robbery in the 2017 slayings of two people in southwest Indiana.

The Journal & Courier reports jurors were dismissed Thursday after deadlocking on the question. They convicted Deshay Hackner on Wednesday in the deaths of 29-year-old Dewone Broomfield and his girlfriend, 28-year-old Mary Woodruff. A hearing was planned Friday in Lafayette.

Defense attorney Conor O’Daniel says Hackner faces 51 to 202 years in prison if a life sentence isn’t given.

Broomfield and Woodruff were killed in Evansville in Vanderburgh County, but the trial was moved to Lafayette in Tippecanoe County following pre-trial publicity.

Another defendant, William Rice II, is awaiting trial on murder and robbery charges.

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