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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. the jury deadlock. the police officer charged with shooting an unarmed man in the back. we will go straight to the courtroom. deadly road rage. a former football standout shot and killed. police releasing the shooter. building collapse. and tornadoes and fires this weekend. and the cold air sweeping across the nation. and the thief posing as a ups deliveryman.
authorities need your help. and the holidays are here. and perhaps the biggest gift already. can you guess our person of the week? good evening. it's great to have you with us on a friday night. we begin with the bombshell from the jury in a south carolina courtroom. walter scott, running off, the police officer chasing after him, then firing eight times. scott was not armed. the officer saying he fired until the threat was over. just a short time ago, the jury revealing it's deadlocked. one of the jurors saying i can not without reasonable doubt convict the defendant. here's steve osunsami. >> reporter: it is very possible tonight that this former police officer, seen on cell phone video shooting a black man in the back, could go home to the
welcome arms of his family. michael slager needed only one member of the nearly all-white jury to see his side. to agree that he fired those eight bullets because he was afraid. even though his victim had already run nearly 18 feet away. the judge read a letter from one lone juror explaining how he couldn't convict on either charge. >> i can't consider a guilty verdict. at the same time my heart does not want to have to tell the scott family that the man that killed their son, brother and father is innocent. >> reporter: of the six white men, five white women, and the one black juror who was the foreman, it was very clear that a white juror in his 40s was a holdout. shaking his head no when the judge asked if they needed to hear back testimony from the young man who recorded the disturbing video. appeals from slager's attorney worked. in closing arguments, he told jurors they need to think blue and not white or black, and send what he feels is a message of
support to police across america. >> don't make an example of michael slager. don't let that happen. >> reporter: jurors sent back a handful of questions during deliberations. they wanted to know the difference between fear and passion. a sign they were debating not the murder charge, but the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter. >> steve osunsami with us live. steve, the jurors with another request for the judge just moments ago? >> reporter: yes, david. the jurors have had enough for the night. they wrote to the judge saying they'd like to go home and start again first thing monday morning. this has been especially tough on the two families in this case. the mother of walter scott sat in tears today. >> steve, thank you. dan abrams is here. you heard that, one juror saying he can't without reasonable doubt convict. so, why would the judge send them back. >> it's the judge's job to do
whatever he can to help them reach a verdict. reminding them, please, listen to each other. talk. hear each other out. it happens in a lot of cases, and in some cases, the jury will say, we're hung. but in others, the jurors come back and say, you're honor, we've reached a verdict. >> dan, thank you. we turn next to a shooting involving a former nfl star, in new orleans. an apparent case of road rage. joe mcknight, with the gunman saying he admitted he did it. eva pilgrim is in new orleans. >> reporter: tonight, a former
nfl running back, dead. killed during what authorities are calling a road rage incident. investigators say 28-year-old joe mcknight, a former usc standout who played for the jets, was shot three times, in the hand, shoulder and chest. a bystander capturing the first responders performing cpr on the former player. authorities have indentified ronald gasser, seen here in cuffs, as the other driver who fired the deadly shots. >> mr. gasser at that particular location admitted to shooting joe mcknight jr. >> reporter: 54-year-old gasser was taken into custody, and then released this morning. without being charged, sparking outraged. >> why was he released? >> reporter: authorities say it started at about 3:00 p.m. thursday on they crescent city connection. saying one driver may have cut off the other, the two cars then traveling a little more than six miles to the intersection where it ended in tragedy.
witnesses reportedly seeing the two men arguing, the sheriff telling abc news mcknight was not armed. >> the three casings were located within the vehicle. mr. gasser was in his vehicle when he fired three shots. >> reporter: reggie bush tweeting, he didn't deserve to die this way. >> the boy was just trying to make it back in the nfl. that ice all he wanted to do. that was his whole dream. >> and eva joins us tonight from new orleans. the sheriff revealing something else about joe mcknight, and his relationship with the department? >> reporter: that's right. the sheriff saying the man who raised mcknight was a sheriff's deputy. >> thank you. we turn to president-elect donald trump, and reports of a call with taiwan.
it's believed this could be the first time a president-elect or president has talked with taiwan since 1979. could this cause problems with china? meanwhile, hillary clinton's popular vote earning her more votes than any other candidate other than barack obama. here's tom llamas. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump hunkered down in trump tower. after taking the transition on a wild ride to cincinnati, capped by a surprise announcement. >> we are going to appoint "mad dog" mattis as our secretary of defense. >> reporter: mattis, a hard charging retired general. a 41-year veteran of the marine corps. mattis served as head of u.s. central command, overseeing the wars in iraq and afghanistan.
>> they say he's the closest thing to general george patton that we have. and it's about time. >> reporter: trump breaking the news during a raucous rally that looked and sounded just like his campaign. we did have a lot of fun fighting hillary, didn't we? right? [ cheers and applause ] [ chanting ] >> all: lock her up! lock her up! >> reporter: the wounds from the election still raw. and on vivid display at a harvard conference of top officials from both campaigns. trump campaign manager kellyanne conway clashing with clinton communications director jennifer palmieri. who accused team trump of appealing to racists. >> if providing a platform for white supremacists makes me a brilliant tactician i'm glad to have lost. i would rather lose than win the way you guys did. >> no, you wouldn't. >> yes. >> no, you wouldn't. >> yes, yes, yes. >> that's very clear today.
no, you wouldn't, respectfully. >> reporter: but then, conway defending herself and the campaign. >> do you think i ran a campaign where white supremacists had a platform? you're going to look me in the face and tell me that? >> it did. kellyanne, it did. >> and that's how you lost. do you think you could've just had a decent message for the white working class voters? how about, it's hillary clinton. she doesn't connect with people. how about they have nothing in common with her. how about you had no economic message. >> blaming james comey for changing the race. >> reporter: joel bennenson reminding team trump that clinton leads by 2.5 million votes. >> don't act if you have some popular mandate for your message. the fact of the matter is more americans voted for hillary clinton than donald trump. >> reporter: conway calling team clinton "bitter." >> guys, i can tell you're
angry. but, wow, i mean, #hesyourpresident. how's that? >> reporter: and trump's original campaign manager corey lewandowski, revealing the challenges of working for the president-elect. >> candidly, look, it's very difficult i think for any one person to give him advice on something where he has a mindset on and change that opinion. >> clearly, the wounds between the two campaigns still very raw. tom, what do we know about the call with taiwan? >> reporter: this is a stunning developmenti development, something that has not happened in nearly 40 years. tonight, we've learned from the president-elect's team that donald trump and the president of taiwan had discussed the close economic, political and security ties. tonight, experts tell us china will not take this news well. >> tom, thanks. next, we are tracking storms set to hit this weekend.
many of them where the tornadoes and fires have already ravaged the south. and tonight, the family of john and janet summers learning they did not survive the fires. here's gio benitez on the families who did escape. >> so, this is what's left. >> reporter: in the great smoky mountains, a first look at the devastation for anxious residents. >> my mom and dad lived here. this was my childhood home. >> reporter: jochlyn clabo's father built this house, now it's all gone. >> mostly melted, everything. it's like losing your life in a way. especially things i won't get back ever. >> reporter: officials say alerts to evacuate were sent just after 9:00 p.m. monday night, but by then the wildfires were already raging through. >> if the people did not receive the message that we sent out, then of course we're unsatisfied with it. >> reporter: people in this area had gone to bed, woken up when neighbors saw ashes on their house. this is all that's left. home after home, destroyed.
the death toll rising tonight to 13. the family of jon and janet summers, missing since monday night, learning today they didn't make it out. their two sons remain in the hospital tonight. for them, and hundreds of others, it'll be a holiday spent grieving and rebuilding. gio benitez, abc news, tennessee. >> thank you. tennessee and all of the south now bracing for more powerful storms and much of the country bracing for the coldest air of the season sweeping in. here's rob marciano. >> look at the maps in motion. wint winter weather across texas. 3 to 7 inches of rain from austin to atlanta. and then winter moves in. arctic air dropping in,
windchills below zero for the first time this year. and word of a building collapsing, people trapped. and tonight, we've learned that a woman underneath the rubble used her cell phone to make a lifesaving call. here's linsey davis. >> reporter: an eruption of cheers this afternoon, as rescue workers pulled this woman from the rubble of a collapsed building today. thanks, in part, to a phone call with her mother. officials say the 22-year-old talked on the phone with her mom as crews feverishly worked to locate her. >> we know roughly where she is. she can't see daylight. so we know that means she's covered with debris. >> reporter: rescue workers also managed to pull her dog out alive, but a construction worker remains trapped. his family waits anxiously at the scene. >> the process continues to find our second victim. we have not lost any hope. >> reporter: the building, which was undergoing renovation,
collapsed this morning in downtown sioux falls, south dakota. tonight, that young woman is described as alive and well, in a nearby hospital with injuries to her leg. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> thank you. next tonight to the economy. and to a promising report on jobs tonight. 178,000 new jobs created in november. the unemployment rate falling to 4.6%, a nine-year low. as president obama prepares to hand off the presidency to our president-elect, donald trump. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight." the thieves move in, where this happened. authorities asking for your help at this hour. and the pipeline protest we've been following. new images. the demonstrators facing a deadline.
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children hide. >> as soon as i saw the gun i screamed, run! and they were sharp enough to do so. >> reporter: police still looking for four men who they say stole jewelry and antique guns. criminals in the area have been known to target ups drivers, even steal their uniforms. police are now working with ups, and sharing this advice. >> there is nothing wrong with you telling them, leave it at the front door, and if they don't want to follow your instructions, four your instincts. >> reporter: ups says you can look for the brown truck and hand held chuomputers, and ask r i.d. >> thank you. and next, more images from the pipeline protest. and the thief coming through the apple store. and the climber scaling new york's tallest buildings, but he's now in trouble with the law tonight. we'll be right back.
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katie baker sitting in that courtroom, along with sons camden and hudson and their soon-to-be daughter, 4-month-old annalyn. camden already taking his role as her big brother very seriously. chris and katie chose a private adoption and worked with annalyn's birth mother. >> we got a call on the day that she was in labor and they said, get on a plane and go to arizona. so we jumped on the plane and we went to arizona and we brought her home a few weeks later. >> since july, they have all lived together. but it hasn't been official. until now. >> your honor, this is regarding the adoption of annalyn baker. >> reporter: but there is one final question. >> do you want her to be part of the baker family? >> reporter: 5-year-old hudson not sure when put on the spot. but his parents sure, are. the judge makes it official. >> it's now annalynn nola baker. >> reporter: so many other families in that florida courtroom too. a little girl and her official family now. in fact, the joyful scene playing out in hundreds of courtrooms across this nation.
marking national adoption day. it comes every year at the holidays. and listen to what one new father said when asked why he wished to adopt. >> from the moment mia crossed our threshold, she completed our family. she is our missing piece. we are the people she calls mama and daddy, and she is the baby girl we call our daughter. >> reporter: and that word from the judge. >> congratulations. >> reporter: one more family complete. so we choose every one of those families, embracing their children and giving them a home. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here on monday. until then, have a good evening. good night.
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