Suspect Seeks Mistrial In Topeka Murder Case

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Juror misconduct is being alleged in the trial of a man accused in the death of a Topeka woman and the wounding of her life partner.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports attorneys for Anceo Stovall filed a motion Tuesday saying a Shawnee County juror accessed an online news story about Stovall's trial while the jury was deliberating. The attorneys say that violated the judge's instructions and would be a basis for a new trial.

The jury in late July could not reach verdicts on the nine of 11 charges against the 27-year-old Stovall, including first-degree murder in the July 2011 shooting death of 40-year-old Natalie Gibson. He was found innocent of one burglary charge and guilty of aggravated robbery of a co-defendant.