The trial of a man charged with murder for the death of an accomplice while they were allegedly robbing a home has ended without a verdict.
Comanche County District Judge Mark Smith declared a mistrial
Thursday after the jury couldn't reach an unanimous decision. Jeffrey Karr is accused in the Sept. 25 fatal shooting of Michael Wermy, whom prosecutors say died after a pistol Karr allegedly was using to beat one of the robbery victims went off and hit Wermy in the face.
If someone dies during the commission of a felony, participants
in the felony can be held culpable and convicted of first-degree
murder. Karr may be retried. Defense attorney Don Gutteridge says the
case was lost because of confusion over the law.
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