SCRANTON — There’s yet another development in the murder trial of Jason Dominick.
First, jury deliberations had to start all over again Friday afternoon after a juror was excused for a family obligation and replaced by an alternate.
Then, Friday night, the jury told the judge they didn’t think they could reach a decision.
Jurors will return to the courthouse in Scranton Saturday morning to meet with the judge and determine whether deliberations will continue.
The jury spent the past two days deliberating whether Jason Dominick is guilty of murder, but it hasn’t been without some set-backs.
On day two of deliberations, the jury found themselves having to start back at the beginning after one juror was excused for a family obligation and replaced by an alternate.
Now the jury told the judge they are not sure if they can reach a decision.
Dominick has been on trial at the Lackawanna County Courthouse for the shooting death of Frank Bonacci last July.
Prosecutors say Dominick shot Bonacci in the head while riding in Bonacci’s SUV with another man, Neil Pal, near the University of Scranton on the night of July 19.
Then, prosecutors say, Dominick and Pal put a rock on the SUV’s accelerator and sent it down an embankment.
It was down that ravine where Bonacci’s body was found a week later.
Dominick is charged with first and third degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
Pal is charged with helping to cover up a crime.
Prosecutors say both men allowed friends and family to continue to search for Bonacci, knowing he was already dead.
However, during the two-week long trial, Dominick’s attorney say it was Pal who pulled the trigger and Dominick helped cover it up because he feared Pal would kill him, too.
He also told jurors that Dominick didn’t immediately come forward about the murder because he was intimidated by Pal.