Mistrial declared in manslaughter case of former prison nurse

Mistrial declared in manslaughter case of former prison nurse

GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A mistrial has been declared in the case of a former prison nurse in George County charged with manslaughter.

The jury could not come to an unanimous decision in the trial of Carmen Brannan, declaring a mistrial on Monday. She is accused in the death of 29-year old Joe Dixon. Prosecutors say they will retry the case.

Brannan took the stand in her own defense last week.Opening statements began on the morning of Jan. 11 in George County and closing arguments were heard Friday, Jan. 19.

Authorities say she denied medical care to Dixon while he was in her care. Dixon, an insulin-dependent diabetic, died in his jail cell at George County Correctional Facility in September 2014.

At the time, Brannan worked as a registered nurse for the county jail.

Prosecutors allege that Dixon was denied adequate medical attention over a nine-day period.  According to District Attorney Tony Lawrence, Brannan also did not document Dixon's treatment and failed to track his vital signs like she was supposed to.

The district attorney also said Brannan reportedly told jail staff that Dixon was faking his illness and going through drug withdrawals.

In May 2017, Brannan entered a guilty plea but a month later, she changed her plea to not guilty. More than 200 potential jurors were screened over a period of three days for the trial.

Closing arguments begin on Monday, Jan. 22.

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