Jurors at ex-firefighter's murder trial deadlocked

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Jurors have deadlocked in the murder trial of a former Chattanooga firefighter, failing to reach a verdict after a day and a half of deliberating.

The panel of six men and six women deliberated about seven hours Wednesday and another four and a half hours on Thursday.

After they failed to reach a verdict, Judge Barry Steelman set a hearing for March 31. Marvin Nicholson Jr. remains in custody.

Nicholson is on trial in the October 2006 abduction and fatal shooting of 15-year-old James Citizen. The teen was abducted at gunpoint, driven to a rural area and shot multiple times. The teenager was killed after two burglaries at Nicholson's apartment.

Nicholson's attorney contended his client was a victim of mistaken identity.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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