CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Jurors in New Jersey weighing the fate of a man accused of killing his 3-year-old son because the boy had become an impediment to his relationship with a teenage girlfriend have returned for a fifth day of deliberations.
The jury told Judge John Kelley on Tuesday that it couldn’t agree on a verdict. He ordered them to return Wednesday.
The jury began deliberations last week.
David Creato has maintained his son, Brendan, wandered away from his Haddon Township home in 2015. The boy’s pajama-clad body was found hours later about a mile away.
Prosecutors have maintained Creato killed his son because he feared his 17-year-old girlfriend was going to leave him.
Creato’s lawyer argued prosecutors failed to show Creato was guilty, saying the evidence suggested a stranger was responsible.