UPDATE 6:00 p.m.: It’s not the decision either side wanted, but with the jury in a deadlock, Judge Joseph Chase declared a mistrial in the second murder trial for Alexander Weiss.
“It’s kinda like a bad dream for them,” said defense attorney James McGeeney referring to the Weiss family. “We’ve been through this trial twice now with the same result and we’re frustrated, we were hoping for an acquittal.”
The Olmsted County attorney said in his years of working for the county, he’s never seen a second mistrial in a case.
“I’m not gonna lie, it’s disappointing in some respect because we put a lot of work into the case obviously seven or eight days worth of the trial,” said Mark Ostrem, Olmsted County Attorney.
“It’s now up to Ostrem to decide if he wants to try this case again for the third time or let it go.
He said he needs time to debrief and consult with Rahim’s family before making the call at a hearing in November.
Meanwhile, Weiss is out on a conditional bail bond. He was unavailable for comment following the mistrial declaration.
The prospect of going through all of this again is weighing on all involved.
Ostrem says he’s been in close contact with the Rahim family and will consult with them on how they wish to move forward, however, the possibility of a retrial rests with him.
UPDATE 2:20 p.m.: The judge has declared a mistrial in the Alexander Weiss second-degree murder retrial.
A statement from the jury said, “Our jury is deadlocked. Each person stands firm on their decision. We are unable to reach a unanimous decision.”
ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX47) — After more than eight hours of deliberations, jurors in the Alexander Weiss second-degree murder retrial have yet to reach a verdict. And they may not.
Weiss shot and killed 17-year-old Muhammed Rahim after a car crash in northeast Rochester in January 2018. In May, Weiss pleaded not guilty by means of self-defense, but the jury couldn’t reach a decision and the judge declared a mistrial.
After eight hours of deliberation on Tuesday, jurors adjourned for the evening and resumed on Wednesday just after 9 a.m.
A note from the jury said, “Our jury is at an impasse with each person firm in their position.” The judge asked the jury to resume deliberations after a recess.
“It’s hard on the Rahim family, the Weiss family and the jurors being sequestered overnight,” said Defense Attorney James McGeeney.