The foreman told Superior Court Judge David Beard Friday that the jurors were split 10-2 over whether or not Danny Bullard is guilty of first-degree murder. The jury didn't say whether or not they were leaning toward guilty or not guilty. The jury has deliberated 15 hours over three days, including six hours on Friday.
The split had been 9-3 on Thursday.
Bullard, 22, is charged with killing his neighbor, Craig Bullard, who was 27 when he was shot to death on July 2, 1999. The men lived near one another on Mt. Zion Church Road near Maxton. They were not related.
Danny Bullard took the stand on Thursday and testified that he fired his gun in self-defense after someone shot at him.
The jury, which is made up of four men and eight women, has four choices to choose from: first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter or not guilty.