According to reports out of Upper Marlboro, a D.C. cop accused of trying to kill his wife will get a new trial. The former officer's trial for attempted murder ended this past week after the jurors informed the judge they were helplessly deadlocked. As a result, the suspect's criminal defense will need to start anew, once a new trial is scheduled.
In a hearing after the mistrial was declared, the judge ordered the accused to remain in jail on no bond until the new trial is held. The state was able to successfully convince the judge that the man was a threat if released after providing testimony that he showed up at his wife's to do laundry.
While these circumstances are not unheard of, they are rare. Mistrials can occur for any number of reasons, from a deadlocked jury to the improper admission of prejudicial evidence. In such a scenario, the accused can and should move for a dismissal of their case. Depending upon the nature of the case and the conduct of the prosecution, expert criminal defense attorneys may be able to get cases dismissed, if the first trial could not be concluded.
This only makes sense given an accused's right to a speedy trial. In this case, for instance, the accused will have to sit in jail while another trial is scheduled and prepared.
Local Upper Marlboro defense lawyers aggressively advocate against such results for their clients. Sitting in jail without bond and being forced to undergo a new trial are not things one should be forced to undergo. No matter the criminal charges, local experts can help those charged engage in plea negotiations and other maneuvers to get the best possible result under the circumstances.
Source: WJLA 7, "Judge orders new trial for Samson Lawrence III, former D.C. police officer accused of trying to kill his wife," Jeannette Reyes, July 26, 2014