A Florida judge has denied a motion for a mistrial in the trial of the two men accused of killing a student in Fort Lauderdale on Valentine’s Day.
“I’m aware of the motion,” Judge Michael Lynch said to defense attorney Debra Brisark on Thursday. “I am not finding the motion inadmissible at this time.”
The judge noted that jurors had deliberated for almost 17 hours but said they were unable to reach a decision on a dozen counts. He said jurors were going to return on Friday morning for instructions and possibly some more deliberations.
The two men, Dedrick Williams and Billy Ryan Davenport, are charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery in the slaying of Michael Brewer.
Brewer, 18, was a student at Broward College, a percussionist with the band University Marching Thunder and an aspiring artist who was working on an exhibit for the future of Africa.
Brewer had been out with friends but returned to a home owned by a friend and was hit in the head.
The three were reportedly involved in a dispute about money used to pay for food, CNN affiliate WPLG reported.
Williams said he punched Brewer in self-defense, but the prosecution said Brewer got into a fight after Williams punched him.
Williams and Davenport could be sentenced to life in prison without parole if convicted.
Two other men, Rickey Williams and Correll Davis, are also charged.
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