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Deliberations resume Friday in Salmonella trial

Tom Ledford with Mary Wilkerson Tom Ledford with Mary Wilkerson
Defendant Michael Parnell (in white shirt) Defendant Michael Parnell (in white shirt)
Defendant Stewart Parnell (in pink shirt) Defendant Stewart Parnell (in pink shirt)
Tom Bonduran, Stewart Parnell's attorney speaks to the jury (Source: WALB) Tom Bonduran, Stewart Parnell's attorney speaks to the jury (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Jurors resumed their second full day of deliberations Friday at the federal courthouse in Albany in the trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak at a peanut plant in Georgia.

The jurors sent a question to Judge W. Louis Sands about the definition of wire fraud, and he called them into the courtroom for a short time around 10:15 a.m.

Prosecutors questioned witnesses for weeks during testimony, including Food and Drug Administration inspectors and a former manager of the plant, located in Blakely, GA.

Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell, his food broker brother Michael Parnell, and Georgia plant quality assurance manager Mary Wilkerson were indicted in February 2013, charged with shipping salmonella tainted peanuts and covering up lab results showing the nuts tested positive for the bacteria.

Stewart Parnell and his brother Michael are charged with knowingly shipping the salmonella products and covering up lab results.

Former plant quality assurance manager Mary Wilkerson is charged with obstruction of justice.

Nine people died and more than 700 were sickened in the outbreak five years ago.

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