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Jury announces possible deadlock in 'Desperate Housewives' trial

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Creator of "Desperate Housewives" Marc Cherry and actresses Brenda Strong, Dana Delany and Teri Hatcher accept the award ofr Best Comedy Series onstage at the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards
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Jurors sitting in Nicollette Sheridan's wrongful termination trial against Marc Cherry, creator of "Desperate Housewives," told the judge they were "having difficulty reaching a verdict" on Wednesday.

The judge ordered jurors home. They will try again Friday morning.

"I'm sensing some frustration and polarization," lawyer Mark Baute told CNN. "It's very early for a jury to come back and say, 'We're having trouble deliberating.'"

Jurors been asked to decide whether Cherry's decision to kill off Sheridan's character was in retaliation for an incident in which Sheridan complained he hit her "in the back of the head" during a rehearsal.