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Mistrial declared in alleged murder for hire case

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Daniel Magee at the time of his arrest in 2011. (Photo source: Gulfport Police Dept.) Daniel Magee at the time of his arrest in 2011. (Photo source: Gulfport Police Dept.)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

A man accused of hiring a hit man to kidnap and murder his former girlfriend was set to be tried this week in Harrison County Circuit Court. But, according to his attorney, new testimony from the alleged hit man forced the judge to declare a mistrial. 

Daniel Magee is charged with Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping and Conspiracy to Commit Murder. He was arrested in June 2011 after Gulfport investigators received a tip about the murder for hire plot. 

Attorney Michael Crosby, who is representing Magee, told WLOX News the alleged hit man began giving graphic testimony in court Wednesday. He said it was new information prosecutors just learned about two weeks ago, but the defense was never informed. 

Crosby called it a "trial by ambush" and asked for a mistrial.  Magee's retrial is set for February 18, 2013 in Harrison County Circuit Court.

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