Deliberations To Resume In Ga. Salmonella Trial

Albany, Georgia — Jurors are scheduled to continue working toward a verdict in the trial of a Georgia peanut plant owner charged in a salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds five years ago.

The federal jury is to resume deliberations at the federal courthouse Friday morning. U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands allowed jurors to go home Thursday evening after they met for about eight hours.

Thursday was the first full day of jury deliberations in the trial of former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell and two others. He and his brother, Michael Parnell, are charged with knowingly shipping tainted peanut butter to customers and faking results of lab tests intended to screen for salmonella.

The plant's former quality control manager, Mary Wilkerson, and Stewart Parnell are charged with obstruction.

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