DECATUR, Ga – A DeKalb County judge issued an Allen charge Monday to jurors in the corruption trial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis.
Jurors have been unable to come to a unanimous decision in 10 days of deliberating. The jury has sent several notes to Judge Courtney Johnson explaining their troubles in coming to a conclusion on the 13 counts, including one on Monday. Thus far, Johnson has ordered the jurors not to give up.
An Allen charge, also known as a "dynamite charge," is a final legal mandate to the jurors to reach a verdict.