Jury fails to reach verdict on killing

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Jurors in the trial of a father and two sons accused of murdering wife and mother Eve Howells were sent home overnight yesterday after failing to reach verdicts. The seven men and five women will resume deliberations today at Leeds Crown Court, where they spent six hours considering the case yesterday.

David Howells, 48, and sons Glenn, 17, and John, 16, plead not guilty to murdering Mrs Howells, 48, at the family's home in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, in August 1995. Glenn admits the manslaughter of his mother on the grounds of provocation. He claims he bludgeoned her to death in their living room after suffering years of mental and physical cruelty.