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Judge considers mistrial for accused hit men

Clinton Lewis, left, and Martin Lewis, photo courtesy Shelby County Sheriff's Office. Clinton Lewis, left, and Martin Lewis, photo courtesy Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

(WMC-TV) – Defense attorneys for a pair of accused hit men were expected to start calling witnesses today.

Instead, a federal judge halted the case while he considered granting a mistrial.

Clinton Lewis' attorney filed a motion accusing prosecutors of delaying the release of evidence and claiming that it has prevented his client from receiving a fair trial.

Clinton and his cousin, Martin Lewis, are accused of being contract killers for former drug kingpin Craig Petties.

The trial has lasted four weeks and prosecutors have called more than 50 witnesses hoping to get a conviction against the two cousins who are allegedly connected to a drug ring that once went all the way to Mexico.

Jurors not only heard testimony about murder, but also saw gory crime scene photos.

Defense attorneys tried to hammer away at prosecution witnesses, many of whom were in the Petties drug organization, and pointed out that they are convicted criminals.

The motion to throw the case centers on a government witness whose testimony about a murder victim differed from what he previously told investigators.

Judge Hardy Mays, Jr., hasn't made a ruling on the mistrial and told the jury to report to court Tuesday.

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