Judge Allows Third Trial in Salina Homicide Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SALINA, Kan. (AP) _ A Salina man whose two previous trials have ended in hung juries will be tried a third time.

Saline County District Judge Daniel Hebert on Tuesday granted a request to try 21-year-old Cameron Nelson again in the April 2008 shooting death of 38-year-old Mark Simpson. But Hebert indicated this would likely be the last trial if it also ends in a hung jury.

Saline County Attorney Ellen Mitchell said the Salina Police Department has put a full-time investigator on the case and new witnesses will testify at the next trial.

Defense attorney Julie McKenna had made a motion to acquit Nelson, saying the two previous trials showed the state did not have enough evidence to get a conviction.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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