Mistrial declared after jury deadlocked in Shivers murder trial

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A mistrial was declared Thursday night in the murder trial of Darrell Ross Brooks. After six hours of deliberations, jurors told the judge they just couldn't reach a verdict.

David Shivers was shot to death while standing in the kitchen of his home on Halsel Street in December 2009. A bullet fired through the window struck him in the head, killing him instantly.

The atmosphere outside the circuit court was anxious at best all afternoon. Family and friends of the victim had been hoping to have closure of some kind by the end of the day.

"If he's guilty, I hope God brings it out. If he's not, I hope they set him free," the victim's father, David Shivers, Sr, said before the mistrial.

A religious man, Shivers told a family friend that it was the jury's job to be thorough when deciding a man's fate.

The jury announced they were deadlocked after three hours of deliberations. The judge sent them back with instructions to try again. But by 6pm, it was clear they would not be able to agree on a verdict.

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