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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Once again, another mistrial has been declared in the case against a man accused of shooting a Philly cop six years ago, this time because jurors were talking about the case.
One juror reportedly heard another juror talking about how this trial against Eric Torres was in fact a retrial. Another said there was discussion about the case on social media, which violates a juror's job.
The defense motioned for a mistrial, which was granted.
Torres, 37, is accused of shooting Philadelphia Police Officer Ed Davies six years ago. He was convicted in 2015 but it was dropped in 2017 by the Pennsylvania Superior Court, because the judge said police officers did not haveto search Torres' home.
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During thein September, the judge at the defense's request because prosecutors showed the jury inadmissible evidence.
Thebegan Wednesday with opening statements.
Torres maintains he is innocent.
The fourth trial is now slated for March 23, 2020.
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