Bowden testimony at Ex-QB's trial prompts failed requestPosted: Thursday June 05, 2003 1:44 PM
Updated: Thursday June 05, 2003 10:03 PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The jury in the state's misdemeanor gambling case against former Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson appeared hung Thursday night after nearly seven hours of deliberation, but the judge asked the panel come back for a final try Friday.
The six jurors sent a note to the judge at about 8:30 p.m. notifying him that they were unable to reach an unanimous verdict.
Harley then called them into the courtroom and asked them to return. He also said he'd provide a transcript of some testimony the jury requested earlier.
"I do want to give them sufficient time to deliberate," Leon County Judge Tim Harley told defense attorney Grady Irvin Jr., who objected to providing the transcript.
Jurors said they wanted more information regarding testimony from two of McPherson's boyhood friends, who said the athlete placed illegal bets over the Internet on college and pro games.
Irvin called Florida State coach Bobby Bowden to the stand earlier Thursday. Bowden didn't say much, but said enough for Irvin to ask for a mistrial, which was denied.
Bowden, clearly unhappy at being on the stand, testified that he had heard rumors that McPherson, 20, was gambling in June 2002, but an investigation found nothing. Irvin asked for a mistrial because the prosecution's case was limited to alleged gambling activity last October and November.
Irvin said outside the courtroom that he requested the mistrial because Bowden's testimony "got into an area the judge said they [prosecutors] can't get into."
Bowden largely described McPherson's playing skills during Irvin's questioning.
Irvin asked the coach if McPherson could have thrown an interception had he wanted to, intending to show that if McPherson had wanted to make Florida State lose because of gambling he would have had more interceptions.
Bowden said McPherson probably could have thrown interceptions if he'd wanted.
Prosecutors have not accused McPherson of betting against Florida State or throwing any games. They have said all of his bets were on the Seminoles to win.
McPherson faces 60 days in jail and a $500 fine if convicted and would likely be banned from ever playing college sports again.
Prosecutors have said McPherson used the account to place a bet on an Oct. 21 NFL game between Pittsburgh and Indianapolis and on his own team's games, including the Nov. 23 contest at North Carolina State when McPherson played poorly and the Seminoles lost decidedly.
McPherson's boyhood friends Otis Livingston and Melvin Capers Jr., testified Wednesday they knew of McPherson's gambling, including putting bets on Florida State games. They testified that they and McPherson shared an Internet gambling account.
McPherson, one of Florida's most celebrated prep athletes, was dismissed from the Florida State football squad in November. He is the only athlete ever acclaimed "Mr. Basketball" and "Mr. Football" in Florida in the same season for his prep achievements.
McPherson also faces separate felony charges this summer,
accused in one case of stealing a check and in another of bouncing