Jurors in the Fort Dix case failed to reach a verdict after their fifth straight day of deliberations yesterday but said they believed they could come to a decision today.
The panel has been debating the fate of five foreign-born Muslim men accused of plotting an attack on the Army base. Trial testimony lasted eight weeks, and jurors have deliberated since Wednesday.
The defendants could face life in prison if convicted of the more serious charges of conspiracy to kill U.S. soldiers and attempted murder. All five were born overseas but raised in South Jersey.
The prosecution said the men were inspired to plan an attack by jihadist videos and lectures downloaded from the Internet. The defense characterized them as tough-talking but hapless young men who never intended to carry out their plans.