ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s highest court says a man can’t be retried for murder because the judge in the case erroneously declared a mistrial.
Jedarrius Treonta Meadows was on trial in September 2015 for the February 2014 shooting death of Damion Bernard Clayton in Macon.
The judge declared a mistrial after jurors said they weren’t making progress after about three hours of deliberation and a bailiff said things had become contentious in the jury room. The defense objected, arguing that three hours of deliberation wasn’t unreasonable.
The following month, the defense argued a retrial would violate Meadows’ constitutional protection against double jeopardy. The judge rejected that in June.
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The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday that the mistrial ruling was improper and because of that Meadows cannot be retried under the double-jeopardy rule.