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The jury in the slaying of a transsexual fashion...

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CAROL VECCHIONE

NEW YORK -- The jury in the slaying of a transsexual fashion model failed for a third day Saturday to reach a verdict.

The jury in state Supreme Court in Manhattan was weighing evidence against Robyn Arnold, 26, and Robert Ferrara, 24, accused in the shooting death of model John (Diane) Delia, 22.

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The jury recessed at 8:30 p.m. EDT and was to resume deliberations at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Ferrara was Ms. Delia's husband following her sex-change operation and Ms. Arnold was the model's girlfriend.

The jury of six men and six women, looking drained and tired, asked for a third time to rehear testimony by Dominick Giorgio, Ferrara's friend.

Giorgio testified he overheard Ms. Arnold admit to killing Ms. Delia during a telephone conversation.

'Bobby's going down with me -- I'm not going down alone... He shot her twice, I shot her twice,' Giorgio said he heard Ms. Arnold scream while he sat watching television in her apartment.

Ms. Arnold and Ferrara allegedly drove Ms. Delia to a wooded area in Rockland County last October 7 and shot the model four times in the head.

Ms. Arnold's lawyer said Giorgio made up the story and got the idea from a television soap opera. He questioned Giorgio's credibilty, pointing to the male nurse's arrest last march for cocaine possession.

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Ferrara's lawyer said Ms. Delia was dead before his client fired the final two shots into the model's head.

In summations earlier this week, Assistant District Attorney Steve Saracco said the murder was spurred by jealousy and Ms. Arnold, Ferrara and Delia shared a relationship 'as unstable and explosive as a vial of nitroglycerin.'

Ms Arnold, the daughter of a Mt. Vernon, N.Y. surgeon, financed Delia's 1980 sex-change operation and paid for the apartment of newlyweds Ferrara and Ms. Delia, witnesses said.

If convicted both defendants could receive a maximum of 25 years to life in prison.

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