Judge declares mistrial in case of former Ohio sheriff’s deputy.

A former Ohio sheriff’s deputy, charged in the killing of a Black man remains free after a jury can’t agree on a verdict, so in the end the judge declares a mistrial, ending tumultuous proceedings that saw four jurors dismissed. Jason Meade was charged with murder and reckless homicide in the December 2020 killing of Casey Goodson Jr. in Columbus. Meade, who is white, shot Goodson six times, including five times in the back, as the 23-year-old man tried to enter his grandmother’s home. Judge David Young had already declared a mistrial Friday morning, but retracted it minutes later and commended the jurors for their hard work. Jurors came to Young again to say they couldn’t agree and he instructed them to keep trying. He declared a final mistrial about two hours after that, when jurors, some of whom were crying, said they were deadlocked.

 

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