DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Deliberations in the trial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis were cut short for the day when the judge hearing the trial sent bickering jurors home.

Jurors are expected back in court Friday morning. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that jurors sent Judge Courtney Johnson a note complaining about personality conflicts among the panel and the foreperson’s leadership. Johnson told jurors she thought they were stressed and was sending them home so they could calm down. Judge Johnson also told jurors they’re free to pick a new leader.

Ellis is charged with bribery, theft, extortion and perjury. He’s accused of pressuring county contractors into giving him contributions for his 2012 re-election campaign.

Closing arguments wrapped up Monday after nearly three weeks of testimony, including three days of testimony by Ellis.

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