McMartin Jurors Deliver Second Sealed Verdict

Jurors in the McMartin preschool molestation case turned in a second verdict Tuesday and rejected a suggestion that they cancel their Christmas vacation.

The verdict was sealed in an envelope and placed with another verdict delivered last week. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Pounders said on Monday that he would not read any of the verdicts before jurors leave Dec. 15 for their Christmas break. He gave them the option of working through the planned two-week holiday, but they chose not to.

The jurors are considering 65 separate charges against Raymond Buckey, 31, and his mother, Peggy McMartin Buckey, 63, who are accused of molesting children at their family-owned preschool in Manhattan Beach. They have been deliberating for a month and have submitted only two verdicts. However, it was unclear how many counts the jurors addressed so far, since one envelop could deal with more than one count.

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