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Mistrial for Kevon Neal in death of police officer Adrian Morris

12:02 PM, Jan 9, 2014   |    comments
Adrian Morris (Prince George's County Police)
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(WUSA9) -- The case against a man accused in the death of a Prince George's County officer ended in a mistrial on Thursday.

Kevon Neal was accused of leading police on a chase on Interstate 95 that ended in the death of Officer Adrian Morris in August 2010.

Police say the chase started after Neal and another man stole a woman's purse at a gas station.

The trial ended in a mistrial after a juror was nullified from continuing to serve, according to a press release form the State's Attorney's Office.

Testimony in the trial ended on Wednesday and the jury began deliberations shortly after 3 p.m. They adjourned around 5:45 p.m. and sometime overnight, officials say an email was sent to the judge in which a juror claimed that she could not judge another person because of religious beliefs.

Officials say that when asked during jury selection if religion would hinder anyone's ability to serve, the juror said nothing. 

"Further, during a discussion between the juror, judge and attorneys for the prosecution and defense that took place this morning, the juror cited other reasons they could not serve such as not knowing the defendant and not having, "a dog in this fight." Religion did not come up in that discussion," according to the news release.

Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks called the juror's actions "highly irresponsible" and "a complete disgrace."

It is up to the judge to decide if the juror will be held in contempt and what, if any, penalties she will face.

Alsobrooks said that her office will re-try Neal and that a new trial would not begin before May or June.

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