HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– A mistrial has been declared in the sensational murder-for-hire case at Hartford Superior Court. After six days of testimony and two full days of jury deliberations, it all ended around 4:30 Friday afternoon.
The trial was over when the jury foreman sent a note to Judge Edward Mullarkey saying they were hopelessly deadlocked. The judge promptly declared a mistrial and dismissed the jurors. That means that the case goes back on the docket for retrial.
The jury of three men and three women first indicated they were split around lunchtime, but would continue deliberations. They came back to the judge around 2:30 p.m. with the same message. He said to go back to the jury room and keep trying, but by 4:30 p.m. they said it was hopeless.
Court watchers say that’s how these things go, three strikes and it’s over.
Defendant Tiffany Stevens and her defense team left the courthouse through a back door.