CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A mistrial was declared Friday in the case of a Richmond Police officer charged with murdering a teen in Chesterfield.
After two days and a little more than seven hours of deliberations Friday afternoon, the jury sent a note the judge saying they could not come to a unanimous decision, leading to a hung jury and a mistrial.
8News has learned that Cobb will have a second trial in February 2017.
“You have 12 strangers who are coming in a room and acting like this decision is the most important decision in the world, and that means the system works,” defense attorney David Baugh told 8News Reporter Mark Tenia.
Baugh represents Richmond police officer David Cobb, who is charged in the murder of 18-year-old Paterson Brown. Brown entered Cobb’s car at a Chesterfield car wash back in November. When Cobb confronted him and identified himself as an off-duty officer, he says Brown became irritated. An altercation led to Cobb shooting and killing Brown.
This week, prosecutors argued Cobb illegally shot Brown to prevent him from stealing a car. The defense argued Cobb shot because he feared for his life. Earlier in the day Friday, the jury sent a note to the judge saying they could not come to a decision. The judge ordered them to continue deliberating.
“You ask any lawyer who knows what they’re doing and if they got in trouble,” Baugh added. “They want a jury to determine their guilt or innocence.”
A few hours later, the jury sent another note to the judge saying, “we the jury remain significantly divided and are unable to come to a unanimous decision.”
At that point, the judge dismissed the jury. Baugh says he can’t comment on the case as it remains pending, but had this to say about the jury’s decision:
Baugh says he can’t comment on the case as it remains pending, but had this to say about the jury’s decision: “You can always trust a well-prepared jury and the fact that they came back with this verdict means that they took it seriously.”,” said Baugh.
The defense and prosecutors will decide on a new trial date between now and July 18.