ITHACA, N.Y. — A jury of 10 women and two men have been deliberating former Cornell University student Charles Tan’s murder trial since Tuesday afternoon and have not returned a verdict, reports say.
Closing arguments were made Tuesday where lawyer James Nobles said the only person with the motive and opportunity to kill Liang “Jim” Tan — Charles Tan’s father — was his wife, Quig “Jean” Tan, News 10NBC reports.
Charles Tan, 19, is charged with second-degree murder after police say they found him and his mother in the driveway of their home at 37 Coach Side Lane in the town of Pittsford while responding to reports of a shooting at the residence. Liang Tan, 49, was then found dead in the home.
Charles Tan was arraigned and charged within about 12 hours.
The Democrat and Chronicle is reporting that jurors wanted to read the testimony of a fingerprint expert who testified that Charles Tan’s fingerprint was found on a spent shell at the scene and the ammunition box.
The report also says that jurors requested to see all the photos, the shotgun used in the crime, spent shell casings and the ammunition box.
In the article, it states that Liang “Jim” Tan made a hysterical 911 call stating that her son shot her husband while protecting her.
Nobles, however, said the call was a hoax, according to The Ithaca Journal.
“I hate to be crass,” Nobles reportedly said. “But she got the house, she got the business. She’s got motive. At least $2.1 million of them.”
During the closing arguments, reports say that Charles Tan held his head up and appeared to cry and wipe away tears.
As of Thursday afternoon, no verdict has been delivered to the packed courtroom.