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Mistrial declared in murder trial of Ronnie Betts

A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday night after six hours of deliberation produced a deadlocked jury in the murder trial of Ronnie Betts.

Betts' was charged with murder in the March 2011 home invasion shooting of 27-year-old Ebony Stewart. Prosecutors Tuesday told jurors Stewart was killed to pay off a debt, according to reports. Betts, 24, would have faced the death penalty if convicted.

A witness for the defense said Betts didn't shoot Stewart and two others during the robbery. Two other witnesses said they saw Betts shoot Stewart in the chest nearly three years ago when she opened the door of her home on19th Street S in St. Petersburg.

Prosecutors say they will retry the case, and a judge will decide this morning when the process will begin again.

Mistrial declared in murder trial of Ronnie Betts 02/26/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 3:02pm]
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