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Hattiesburg Election Trial: Judge Grants A Mistrial

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - In the Hattiesburg Election trial, the jury was not able to reach a verdict on Tuesday. Judge William Coleman granted a mistrial.

When they came back in the courtroom for a third time, the count was at 8 to 4.

The count needed was a majority vote of 9 to 3.

When the jury entered the courtroom for the second time, they said they had reached a 9 to 3 verdict in favor of Dave Ware.

However, when  Judge Coleman polled the jury, there was an 8 to 4 verdict.

Coleman sent them back to deliberate again.

When they first were not able to reach a verdict, Coleman said he knows it's possible for honest people to have different opinions, but he asked them to try to agree.

Coleman said it is the jurors' duty to impartially consider evidence by deliberating with other jurors.

Attorneys for both sides finished their closing arguments just before noon today.

Ware's attorney, Malcolm Jones,  started his arguments reviewing some of the testimonies given in court over the last few days.

On DuPree's side,  Jim Dukes and Precious Martin spoke in his defense.

Dukes says it was up to the jury to find a verdict that represents the will of the people.

Jones came back for one final statement. He said no matter what any of the lawyers have said in court, illegal votes should not be counted.

We will have more details as they come.

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