Deadlocked jury forces mistrial in doc's drug case
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - The jury in the marijuana trial a retired heart surgeon is deadlocked. Judge Robert Krebs immediately declared a mistrial. This decision was announced in court shortly after 6:00 p.m.
Jurors deliberated about two hours before sending word to the judge they could not reach a decision on whether Dr. David Allen was guilty or innocent.
The defense for Dr. David Allen rested Thursday morning, just hours after the judge dropped four of the charges against the former heart surgeon.
The judge ruled there was insufficient evidence for jury members to consider the charges of bribing a witness, witness tampering, perjury and possession of marijuana. Two charges remain against the doctor.
"I feel proud and very emotional," Defense attorney Michael Crosby told WLOX News. "I also feel vindicated and disturbed that my client has suffered for 14 months for crimes that he didn't commit."
The defense is also trying to get bond reinstated for Dr. Allen, who's accused of growing marijuana at his Escatawpa farm.
Patrice Clark was in the courtroom. She'll talk with attorneys about the mistrial, and share their comments later tonight on WLOX News and WLOX.com.