Court: Man Can't Be Retried for Murder After Mistrial Ruling

Apr 16, 2018

Georgia's highest court says a man can't be retried for murder because the judge in the case erroneously declared a mistrial.

Jedarrius Treonta Meadows was on trial in September 2015 for the February 2014 shooting death of Damion Bernard Clayton in Macon.

The judge declared a mistrial after jurors said they weren't making progress after about three hours of deliberation and a bailiff said things had become contentious in the jury room. The defense objected, arguing that three hours of deliberation wasn't unreasonable.

The following month, the defense argued a retrial would violate Meadows' constitutional protection against double jeopardy. The judge rejected that in June.