WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) –- After five and a half hours of deliberation, jurors in the Stevie Cox officer impersonation trial were hung at a 7-5 vote of not guilty Friday, which forced the judge to declare a mistrial.
"We’re disappointed that the jury was unable to reach a verdict, but we certainly think they gave it their best shot,” defense attorney Mike Willis said.
The split jury created tensions within the jury room, as jurors debated the letter of the law.
"I would have found him guilty," jury foreman Donald Wise said. "Do I think the intent was there? No, I don't."
"I was trying to help him out a little bit, because I knew he was a nice guy," juror Pamula Mitchell said. "I don't know him personally, but I just knew that he was truthful, and he just got a little nervous. I just think he is not guilty."
With the ruling of a mistrial, the ball falls back into the court of District Attorney Jon David, who could request that this trial be moved to another county and tried once again.