Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Mistrial Declared In Duanna Johnson Beating Case

After four days of deliberations in which 11 jurors voted to convict and one holdout said no, a mistrial has been declared in the federal trial of former Memphis police officer Bridges McRae.

McRae was indicted in November 2008 and being tried for violating the civil rights of the late Duanna Johnson. He was caught on tape beating her while undergoing processing in the Shelby County Jail.

He was facing up to 10 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 had he been convicted.

Prosecutors are considering retrying the case, but once again it means that justice for Duanna Johnson is delayed and denied on two levels.

One for the jailhouse beatdown, and the other for her unsolved murder.

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