Mistrial declared in accused cop killer's retrial - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mistrial declared in accused cop killer's retrial

(WMC-TV) - For the second time Monday, a jury told a judge that it was unable to reach a unanimous verdict in the retrial of a man convicted of killing a Memphis police officer more than a decade ago.

Monday morning, the jury charged with deciding the fate of Timothy McKinney told the judge it wouldn't be able reach a verdict. The judge ordered them to take more time, but after several more hours of deliberations, the jury still wasn't able to come up with a verdict.

Just before 3 p.m. Monday, the judge declared a mistrial in the case and ordered that it be retried for a third time.

For over a decade, McKinney has been on death row for the murder of an off duty Memphis police officer. He was granted a new trial after claiming that he received ineffective counsel.

The jury began its deliberations around 10 a.m. Sunday.

In McKinney's first trial, he was found guilty of shooting officer Don Williams to death. At the time, Williams was working as a security guard at a local comedy club.

According to prosecutors, McKinney had been thrown out of the club by Williams and he returned later for a confrontation, in which Williams was shot.

During McKinney's new trial, his legal defense team tried to convince the jury that McKinney was not the gunman who shot Williams.

During closing arguments, prosecutors relied heavily on officer Frank Lee's eyewitness testimony. Lee was Williams' security partner that night at the club and he identified McKinney as the shooter.

Prosecutors declined to speak after closing arguments, but McKinney's attorneys said they were confident in their defense.

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