Woodall declares mistrial
by Alan Reed
Aug 29, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trigg County jurors failed to reach a verdict in the First-Degree Assault Trial of John Knight last week. As a result, Circuit Judge C.A. “Woody” Woodall III declared a mistrial in the proceedings. The Commonwealth Attorney’s office said it plans to retry the case.

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Carrie Ovey-Wiggins said that jurors deliberated for nearly four-and-a-half hours before reporting to the judge that they were hopelessly deadlocked and could not reach a unanimous verdict.

Knight is accused of shooting his stepson, Robert Hamilton, on August 5, 2006. During what Kentucky State Police investigators said began as a verbal altercation, Knight is alleged to have shot Hamilton in the neck with a .380 caliber pistol.

Ovey-Wiggins said that the defense argued that of three shots fired during the altercation, two were fired as self defense and the third that struck Hamilton was an accident.

To learn more about the mistrial, read The Cadiz Record.
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