41-year-old Lawanda Tripp's trial results in a mistrial Saturday after a hung jury (WRDW-TV, August 11, 2012)
Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012
MARTINEZ, Ga. -- The case against a babysitter accused of killing a 22-month-old has resulted in a mistrial Saturday afternoon.
After 11 hours of deliberations, a Columbia County jury could not agree on a verdict.
Lawanda Tripp's murder trial began Monday. They took a break and resumed Wednesday. The case was handed over to a jury around 7:30 p.m. Friday, and jurors deliberated until 11 p.m.
On Saturday morning, jurors resumed deliberations but returned deadlocked.
Tripp's new trial will be sometime in September or October, according to defense attorney Victor Hawk. An exact date will be decided this week.
Tripp is accused of killing Teaira Hall when she was caring for her at an Avery Landing home in Martinez in 2009. Deputies were called to the home because the child was not breathing.
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