Judge declares mistrial in murder case

Judge declares mistrial in murder case

A Washington County Circuit Court judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a man accused of killing his mother-in-law.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A Washington County Circuit Court judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a man accused of killing his mother-in-law.

Prosecutors have charged Raymond Douglas with first-degree murder in the 1996 death of Goldie Thornsberry, whose remains were identified last year.

On Tuesday, Douglas' ex-wife, Reta Flowers, was testifying when she said Douglas had previously been in jail.

After Douglas' attorney objected, Judge William Storey sent the jury out of the courtroom and took a recess.

Following a discussion in chambers, Storey resumed court without the jury present and concluded that Flowers' statement unfairly prejudiced the jury against Douglas.

He and Flowers are accused of killing Thornsberry, Flowers' mother, and taking her body with them when they moved. She's testifying against him.

The trial was rescheduled for Oct. 24.

 

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