Wael Ali

Wael Ali, the former Columbia resident accused of killing his twin brother in 2007 (March 20, 2012)

The jury in the murder trial of Wael Ali ended its second day of deliberations Wednesday afternoon without a verdict.

Ali is charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of his twin brother, Wasel Ali, who was 19 when his body was discovered Aug. 27, 2007. Wael, now 24, was arrested in September last year.

When the nine men and three women return Thursday morning, they will review an audio recording of an interview Wael conducted with police on Sept. 4, 2007, eight days after his twin was found dead in a wooded area of Clary's Forest in Columbia. The jury requested the recording and a transcript of it Wednesday before leaving at 4:45 p.m.

The jury now has deliberated for about 12 hours. Earlier Wednesday morning, the jury sent a note to Judge Richard S. Bernhardt saying that they were at an impasse and that they "don't believe we can get beyond this point."


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Bernhardt told them to continue deliberating, noting that the trial had included six days of testimony and evidence but the jury had only deliberated for about six hours.

Earlier on Wednesday afternoon, the jury requested to review videos of interviews with Wael conducted by Howard County Police Department Special Investigator Nick DeCarlo in June 2010 and August 2010, as well as surveillance video from the Columbia mall taken on Aug. 22, 2007, the day Wasel disappeared.

The jury also has the option of finding Wael guilty on lesser charges, such as second-degree murder or involuntary manslaughter, or finding him not guilty on all counts.

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