Laci Peterson

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Lawyers in the Scott Peterson murder trial have met in chambers with the judge, but the reason has not been disclosed.

This is the fifth day of deliberations in Peterson's Redwood City, California, trial. It's not known yet whether the deliberations were put on hold during the meeting.

Monday, the judge told jurors about the importance of keeping an open mind. The lecture apparently came after some indication that the jury was deeply divided and unable to reach a consensus on the murder charges.

Peterson is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of his wife, Laci, and the fetus she carried.

Should they decide to convict, jurors have two choices: first or second-degree murder.

First-degree convictions carry the death penalty or life without parole.