Virginia

Judge declares mistrial in case of Virginia officer shooting

Officer William Porter, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, leaves the courthouse after testifying in the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson, Monday, June 13, 2016, in Baltimore. Goodson, the wagon driver facing second-degree murder, manslaughter and other charges stemming from the death of Freddie Gray. Porter's trial in the Gray case ended in mistrial. He will be tried again in September. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Officer William Porter, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, leaves the courthouse after testifying in the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson. Goodson, the wagon driver facing second-degree murder, manslaughter and other charges stemming from the death of Freddie Gray. Porter’s trial in the Gray case ended in mistrial. He will be tried again in September. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge has declared a mistrial in the prosecution of a Virginia police officer charged with murder in the off-duty shooting of an 18-year-old man at a car wash.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (http://goo.gl/wkqF2x ) Chesterfield County Circuit Court Judge David Johnson declared the mistrial after a jury said it could not reach a unanimous decision.

Richmond Police Officer David Cobb faced a second-degree murder charge in the death of Paterson Brown Jr. in October.

Officials say Brown got into the officer’s vehicle at the car wash and drove it out of the washing bay. They say Cobb told him to get out and later shot Brown during an altercation. Cobb said he was acting in self-defense.

Both men are black.

 

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