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Hung jury in Clearwater murder trial

LARGO — A jury was unable to reach a verdict after a murder trial against Joseph Lee Simmons, who was accused of shooting two people, one fatally, in a drug house in 2007.

A mistrial was declared in the case Saturday. Chief Assistant State Attorney Bruce Bartlett said prosecutors would try the case again.

Simmons, 26, was accused of taking part in a Clearwater robbery that left Joseph Shaw, 22, dead. He also was accused of shooting Shawanda Larry, who survived and testified against Simmons.

The new trial date has not been set.

Hung jury in Clearwater murder trial 03/05/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 7:59pm]
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