Deliberations resume in CA transit shooting trial

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Wanda Johnson (2nd R), who is the mother of victim Oscar Grant, leaves a pretrial hearing for Johannes Mehserle, the former Bay Area Rapid Transit officer charged with murder in the shooting death of Grant in Oakland, California last year, at the Criminal Courts Building in Los Angeles on March 26, 2010.

A Los Angeles jury has resumed deliberations in the trial of a former San Francisco Bay area transit officer accused of murdering an unarmed black man on an Oakland train platform last year.

The jury returned to talks Thursday after they spent roughly only three hours in discussions Wednesday because a juror had a doctor's appointment.

Former officer Johannes Mehserle has pleaded not guilty in the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant when officers responded to fight at a train station. Mehserle, who is white, claims he mistakenly pulled his handgun instead of a Taser.

The case went to the jury Friday and there were only two hours of deliberations before the three-day holiday weekend. A juror's illness prevented deliberations Tuesday and one of the panelists was replaced this week by an alternate.

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