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USHung jury declared in Florida officer's attempted manslaughter trial: local media

23:45  15 march  2019
23:45  15 march  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Closing arguments set in ex-Florida police officer's trial

Closing arguments set in ex-Florida police officer's trial The fate of a fired Florida police officer charged with fatally shooting a stranded black motorist will soon be before a jury. 

A jury trial , or trial by jury , is a lawful proceeding in which a jury makes a decision or findings of fact. It is distinguished from a bench trial in which a judge or panel of judges makes all decisions.

A hung jury or deadlocked jury is a judicial jury that cannot agree upon a verdict after extended deliberation and is unable to reach the required unanimity or supermajority. This situation can occur only in common law legal systems

Hung jury declared in Florida officer's attempted manslaughter trial: local media © AP In this 2014 photo made available by the North Miami Police Dept., Fla. shows Officer Jonathan Aledda. Aledda shot therapist Charles Kinsley on Monday, July 18, 2016 in North Miami, Fla. A North Miami police commander has been suspended for allegedly fabricating information about the shooting of the unarmed black therapist. (North Miami Police Dept. via AP) A hung jury was declared on Friday in the attempted manslaughter trial of a Florida policeman charged in the shooting and wounding of the caretaker for a mentally ill man who was holding a toy truck the officer mistook for a gun, local media reported.

The six-member Miami-Dade County jury also acquitted the North Miami police officer, Jonathan Aledda, of a single misdemeanor count of culpable negligence in the 2016 shooting. The jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict on two counts of attempted manslaughter and a second negligence count, according to media reports.

(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Tom Brown)

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