SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The probate court judge overseeing a monthslong trial over the estate of King Ranch heir B.K. Johnson ordered the jury to further deliberate the long list of questions in the case after they were apparently confused by how many jurors had to agree on the verdict.
A verdict in the civil case that pits Johnson's daughters and grandchildren against his third wife and J.P. Morgan Trust Company requires that at least 10 of the 12 jurors agree on the exact same answers to 25 questions given them in their instructions.
The jury indicated they had reached a verdict yesterday, but after Bexar County Probate Judge Polly Jackson Spencer questioned them, they indicated that while at least 10 jurors agreed to the answers, it was not the same 10 on all 25 questions.
Lawyers for Johnson's daughters and grandchildren moved for a mistrial, but Spencer ordered the jury back for more deliberations today.