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McAlester businessman Francis Stipe exits the Eastern District of Oklahoma U.S. Courthouse in Muskogee on Wednesday. A federal judge continued a trial Stipe faces until April after Stipe’s attorney, Warren Gotcher, said he needed more time to review new evidence and the prosecution did not object.

The McAlester News-Capital’s Senior Editor James Beaty says the jury deciding the fate of McAlester businessman Francis Stipe has concluded deliberations and plans to resume them Thursday morning. After more than 20 hours, Beaty reports the jury has not told Federal Judge Ronald White they are deadlocked.



The seven man, five woman jury is trying to determine whether Stipe is guilty or innocent of charges in a four-count grand jury indictment accusing him of conspiracy, mail fraud, witness tampering and improper monetary transactions.