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Jury appears to be having trouble deciding if federal pilot lied about Texas border drowning
HOUSTON (AP) ' A federal jury appears to be having trouble deciding whether a government pilot lied about flying his helicopter low over two would-be illegal immigrants before one of the men drowned in the Rio Grande.
Jurors will resume their deliberations Friday in Houston in the case of Department of Homeland Security pilot James Peters. He's charged with four counts of making false statements.
Jurors told the judge Thursday they'd reached a decision on one count but couldn't agree on the others. The judge told them to keep trying.
Authorities allege that turbulence from the helicopter's blades caused the man to lose his grip on an inner tube as James tried to drive the men back into Mexico. Prosecutors say James lied to authorities investigating the 2005 drowning, which James' attorneys deny.