CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Tracie Hunter's jury spent eight hours trying to decide a list of felony charges against her Thursday, a decision that could impact Hunter's freedom and legal career.
At 9:15 a.m. the court delivered the box of evidence prosecutors used against Tracie Hunter. It was dropped off to the jury, locked inside a room, deliberating on Hunter's fate.
The jury stayed inside, locked away all morning, until asking for a lunch break just before noon.
Aside from a request for office supplies, the jury asked no questions, working to comb through more than 400 pieces of evidence in the case.
FOX19 NOW legal analyst Mike Allen has watched all five weeks of the trial unfold and, as a prosecutor, has dealt with his share of juries.
"I think there's a very good chance that there will be a hung jury," said Allen. "To get 12 people to agree unanimously on the amount of evidence that was presented is a difficult thing."
The grand jury hit Hunter with nine charges in January, charges of theft, forgery, evidence tampering and using her position to interfere with her brother's county employment.
Allen thinks most of the charges will be tough to get convictions.
Deliberations resume Friday morning.
There are several possible verdict scenarios: guilty, not guilty, split verdicts (meaning convictions on some and acquittals on the rest) and the possibility of a hung jury.
Given the fact that this trial went five weeks, it's likely the judge will allow deliberations to continue for quite a while.