Jury Deliberates In Case Of Affectionate Airline Passengers

Jury deliberations continue today in Wilmington in the case of a man accused of being too affectionate with his girlfriend and threatening a flight attendant on a Raleigh-bound flight.

Carl William Persing is charged with interference with flight crew members on a flight from Phoenix to Raleigh last September.

A charge accusing girlfriend Dawn Elizabeth Sewell of assisting was dropped yesterday.

Prosecutors say Persing and Sewell were "overtly affectionate."

Assistant U-S Attorney John Bowler says Persing twice threatened a flight attendant, who told them to stop and had refused to serve them alcohol.

Defense lawyer Deb Newton told jurors Persing was ill from medicine he took for pre-existing condition. She said the flight attendant were rude, obnoxious and loud.