Mistrial Declared In Capital Murder Case

While authorities were checking out the situation in the courthouse in Biloxi, jury selection was underway in the second floor courtroom in Roger Thorson's third capital murder trial. Thorson is charged with kidnapping and killing Gloria McKinney in 1987. At first, potential jurors had no idea what was going on.

But after a lengthy break, Judge Jerry Terry decided that he should declare a mistrial for two reasons, an article in this morning's paper that he says may have influenced some jurors and because of the what was happening downstairs. Defense attorneys say the judge didn't have a choice.

No new trial date is set, but Judge Terry says for Thorson to get a fair trial, he will move the case out of town.