POMONA (AP) — A jury has deadlocked over the penalty for a Southern California woman who stabbed her husband to death with a sword and smothered her two sons with a pillow.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune says a hung jury was declared Monday. The panel split over whether to recommend death or life in prison for Manling Williams.

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The Rowland Heights woman was convicted early this month of murdering her 27-year-old husband, Neal, and the couple’s sons, 3-year-old Ian and 7-year-old Devon.

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Prosecutors argued that she coldly killed them in order to end her family life. The defense said she acted in a fit of rage.

Prosecutors will announce in January whether they’ll retry the penalty phase. If they don’t, Williams would receive a life sentence.

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