Jury Fails to Reach Verdict, Mistrial Declared Again for Josh Hastings

Jury fails to reach verdict in retrial of former LRPD officer charged with manslaughter.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A 12-member jury has failed to reach a verdict for the second time in the case of Josh Hastings, a former LRPD officer charged with manslaughter.

After beginning deliberations Wednesday afternoon, the jury returned to the courtroom shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday, saying they were deadlocked.

They were then sent back to deliberate, but were still unable to agree on one of three outcomes for the trial.

The first option was to find Hastings guilty of manslaughter, a charge in which the State accused him of recklessly causing the death of 15-year-old burglary suspect Bobby Moore III.

If and only if all 12 had decided Hastings was not guilty of manslaughter, they would have been able to look at a lesser charge, and find him guilty of negligent homicide.

Their third option was to acquit Hastings outright, finding him not guilty of a homicide offense.

They were unable to agree on any of the options.

At the conclusion of Thursday's proceedings, Judge Wendell Griffen scheduled a third trial for May 5.
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