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Weary jury still deliberating in rapper's gun-bribery trial

NEW YORK (AP) — Returning to court after a night's sleep, jurors in the Sean "Puffy" Combs' bribery and gun possession trial resumed their third day of deliberations Friday.

The jurors were back in the Manhattan courtroom shortly after 10 a.m. to consider the charges against the Grammy-winning rap star and two co-defendants.

Thursday evening, the jurors sent a note to the judge asking to break off for the day, explaining that they were exhausted and "any further deliberations would be counterproductive." They had been deliberating for more than eight hours. The panel has been sequestered since Wednesday.

Combs, 31, was charged with weapons possession and bribery after his Dec. 27, 1999, arrest as he fled a Times Square-area nightclub where gunfire had erupted.

Combs' protege and co-defendant, Jamaal "Shyne" Barrow, was charged with shooting three people in the club. Combs' bodyguard, Anthony "Wolf" Jones, faces the same charges as his boss.

The jurors spent part of Thursday rehearing the testimony of Detective William Wallace, a ballistics expert who re-created the trajectories of the bullets fired inside Club New York. It was their first request for a repeat of trial testimony.

Damages sought in various lawsuits against Combs stemming from the incident total more than $1 billion.

Among those filing lawsuits are the three people who were wounded in the shooting — Natanya Reubens, who has seven lead fragments lodged in her head; Robert Thompson, who was hit by a bullet in his shoulder; and Julius Jones, who also was shot in the shoulder.