Miami Jury Near Deadlock in Boat Killing Case Involving Region 8 Man

MIAMI (AP) - A federal jury in Miami says it's nearing a deadlock over whether a second man should be convicted in the shooting deaths of four people last year aboard the "Joe Cool" fishing charter boat. The judge told jurors yesterday to return today and continue deliberating.

The jurors wrote in a note to U.S. District Judge Paul Huck that they have little hope of coming to an agreement in the trial of 20-year-old Guillermo Zarabozo, charged along with former Region 8 man Kirby Archer, of Strawberry.

Prosecutors said Zarabozo and the 36-year-old Archer booked the "Joe Cool" for a phony trip to the Bahamas on Sept. 22, 2007, but intended to hijack it to Cuba. The boat's captain, his wife and two crew members were shot to death and dumped into the ocean. Zarabozo blamed Archer for hatching the plot and for killing the crew.

Archer pleaded guilty to the killings in July.

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