Murder Charges Dismissed After 3 Trials

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OSKALOOSA, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas man will not go to trial for a fourth time for attempted murder in a case arising from a dispute with his neighbor.

Jefferson County Chief District Judge Gary Nafziger on Wednesday dismissed the charge against 69-year-old John Hayworth Jr. of Valley Falls. Hayworth's first trial ended in a mistrial, and the next two ended in hung juries.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Hayworth Jr. was charged with attempted first-degree murder in the December 2011 shooting of William Schoonover of Valley Falls. The shooting happened after a long-simmering property dispute.

Jefferson County attorney Jason Belveal said he hasn't decided whether to appeal the dismissal.

Schoonover has filed a civil lawsuit against Hayworth and his wife.

Posted by Greg Palmer

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