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Jury still deliberating in murder trial

LAWRENCEVILLE - Deliberations in the Johnny Culpepper murder trail will spill into a third day.

Jurors, who began mulling over the case Monday afternoon, did not return a verdict Tuesday. Deliberations broke Tuesday morning when jurors requested to again watch a nearly two-hour taped interrogation of Culpepper by Pennsylvania police played during the trial.

In the video, Matthew Gerold, an inspector with the Easton Police Department, grills Culpepper about his motives in killing Jenny Neville, his 64-year-old neighbor.

On tape Culpepper denies killing her, blaming the fatal stabbing on a man who fled in a Cadillac. He admits to being in her apartment to rob her, fueled by a days-long crack cocaine binge.

"I'm very remorseful," Culpepper says in the interrogation, taped five days after Neville was stabbed 22 times.

The Duluth man is charged with murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a knife while committing a felony. He faces multiple life terms.

Culpepper lived below Neville in her Davenport Road duplex. After the killing, he allegedly fled Georgia in her Toyota Corolla to Pennsylvania, where his brother lived. A multi-agency manhunt tracked him there days later.

Neville, a breast cancer survivor, had recently retired as a bank auditor. Authorities say the drugs warped Culpepper's mind, triggering him to rob his neighbor for more drug money.

Culpepper's defense attorney maintains three other people were involved, but police never tried to track them down, he said.