The 12 jurors in the Terrence G. Johnson trial made a pact not to reveal publicly how they reached their verdict, members of the panel said yesterday.
However, two jurors who did talk briefly about the case gave conflicting versions of what happened in the jury room for 181/2 hours over a three-day period.
One juror said the reason for the long deliberation period was simply an abundance of testimony and physical evidence in the trial of the youth on charges of killing two Prince George's County police officers.
"We weren't really deadlocked Friday night," the juror said. "We got confused on what deadlocked meant. We made our decision on our first real vote."
"That's just not true," another juror said. "The whole thing was very argumentative."
None of the jurors, eight whites and four blacks, would discuss any of the details of their deliberations. Several of them were seen crying as they came out of the jury room Friday night to tell Circuit Court Judge Jacob S. Levin they were deadlocked.
"We were crying because the room was hot and stuffy and there were 12 people smoking in there," the first juror said. Another juror's husband said his wife, who had been crying, told him the same thing.
But no one would comment on what led the jury to a verdict in only one hour yesterday morning after the Friday evening deadlock.
Yesterday, after they returned to the Ramada Inn, where they had been requestered during the trial, each juror said "no comment," when approached by reporters.
Later approached at their homes or by telephone, all but two categorically refused to talk.
"We just vowed that no one would comment on this," said Charles Markham Jr., one of the four black and five male jurors. "I think that every one of us is different. None of us are the same or feel the same.
"Our job is behind us now. We settled all this at the courthouse."