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On Monday, a mistrial was declared in the Christopher Deedy murder case after jurors said they could not agree on a verdict.
Former city prosecutor Peter Carlisle believes the two sides should try to find some sort of middle ground.
Carlisle says he was not surprised the jury came back hung in this case, considering how complex the case was and the fact that it was all or nothing.
“I think that they need to talk, they need to back off dramatically from not guilty, and back off significantly from a life sentence with a 20-year sentence without the possibility of parole,” Carlisle said. “The question is should that have been given to them in the first place? Well, considering the verdict, it was over assessed by the prosecution that it was going to be such a solid case, that it was going to be murder in the second degree.”
Carlisle says not offering up something like manslaughter as a lesser offense could mean another mistrial.
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