A mistrial has been declared in the murder trial of a man accused of killing a Chester city councilman.
The Rock Hill Herald reports a jury deliberated over two days before notifying the judge that they were deadlocked. Deliberations began Friday after three days of trial for 19-year-old Christopher Moore. Moore is charged in the November 2014 shooting death of Chester City Councilman Odell Williams. Four others also face charges in the case.
Prosecutors claim Moore shot the 69-year-old councilman after Williams followed him and the other gang members because he heard they planned a robbery. Defense attorneys argued self-defense, saying the Williams had fired several shots at the vehicle during the chase.
The Sixth Circuit Solicitor’s Office said it will Moore again. Due to significant media coverage of William’s shooting and the subsequent arrests, last week’s trial was conducted in neighboring Fairfield County.