Hung jury means retrial

The jury in the case against
Cassandra Bodden, who stands accused of importing four firearms and 422 rounds
of ammunition, was discharged on Thursday, 25 March after the foreman indicated
that it was unlikely they would reach a verdict.

She had pleaded not guilty to
importing firearms described as a .40 Smith and Wesson, a 9mm Ruger, .45 Glock
model 21 and a 9mm Arcus between 23 and 27 April.

Bodden has also entered a not
guilty plea with regard to allegedly importing 50 rounds of Winchester .38
special, 25 rounds of Remington Golden Sabre .45 and 347 rounds of Luger 9mm.

Crown Prosecutor Tricia Hutchinson
alleged the accused had knowledge of the contents of a package that was sent to
her from overseas and was later found to have guns and ammunition.

However the Defence Attorney
Benjamin Tonner argued that the crucial matter was whether Bodden knew guns
were in the package.

He and his client say she did not.
In addition, the attorney explained that the burden of proof was not on his
defendant but the Crown.

Justice Howard Cooke, in advising
the jurors, reminded them of their duties and reviewed the evidence before
sending them out for deliberations.

They returned an hour later with no
verdict after being called in by the Justice, at which time; Justice Cooke sent
the jurors out again and advised them that the court would accept a majority
verdict of five to two or six to one if they could not reach a unanimous

However after retiring again, jurors
were still unable to deliver a majority verdict.

As a result of the hung jury, bail
was extended for the defendant.

 The date for her new trial is set for 30


Cassandra Bodden
Photo: Dennie Warren, Jr.