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Aug 20, 2015 12:56 PM

Jury deadlocks in NH shooting trial, officials discussing retrial

The Associated Press

DOVER — A New Hampshire judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a Dover man accused of attempted murder in Rochester.

The Strafford County Superior Court judge declared the mistrial Wednesday after the jury deadlocked for 10 hours.

Kerry Joseph, 28, was tried on three felony charges after a shooting in July 2014 that injured 20-year-old Okiemute "Leo" Omatie.

Joseph faced life in prison on the attempted murder charge and 10 to 20 years in state prison for each other count.

Prosecutors said Joseph chased Omatie into an alley and shot him.

Joseph's attorney said police wrongly arrested him.

Joseph will be held until the state decides whether to retry the case.

A status conference is scheduled for Oct. 8.


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