Jurors in the Don Blankenship case ended their deliberations for the day on Wednesday after one juror became ill.
The development occurred about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday. The judge said the jury has deliberated since lunch.
Jurors had resumed deliberations Wednesday morning a day after U.S. District Judge Irene Berger had issued an Allen Charge after the jury said it was deadlocked and asked for guidance. An Allen Charge is a specific set of instructions that calls for jurors to re-examine their opinions and to try to reach a verdict. She denied a defense request on Tuesday for a mistrial.
Meanwhile, federal prosecutors filed a motion Wednesday asking the judge to issue a second Allen Charge if jurors come back again and say they are deadlocked.