Whiteville, NC (WWAY) – After five and a half hours of deliberation jurors in the Stevie Cox officer impersonation trial were hung at a seven to five vote of not guilty which forced the judge to declare a mistrial.
“Well we’re disappointed that the jury was unable to reach a verdict, but we certainly think they gave it their best shot,” said defense attorney Mike Willis.
The split jury created tensions within the jury room as jurors debated the letter of the law.
“I would have found him guilty,” said jury foreman Donald Wise. “Do I think the intent was there? No I don’t!”
“I was trying to help him out a little bit because I knew he was a nice guy,” said juror Pamula Mitchell. “I don’t know him personally, but I just knew that he was truthful and he just got a little nervous. I just think he is not guilty.”
With the ruling of a mistrial the ball falls back into the court of District Attorney John David who could request that this trial be moved to another county and tried once again.
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