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Mistrial declared in Nacogdoches arson trial

Mistrial declared in Nacogdoches arson trial
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 8:17am

A split jury means a mistrial for Steven Lynn Skidmore, who is accused of burning down his then girlfriend Tammy Gilbert’s home Dec. 17, 2010.

In Nacogdoches County 420th District Judge Edwin Klein’s courtroom Tuesday, the jury forewoman said after just under four hours of deliberations, three votes and much discussion, there was no hope of reaching a unanimous verdict.

“My opinion is that two votes could change, but four will not,” she said of the 12-person jury.

Following a motion by Skidmore’s attorney, Gene Caldwell, Klein declared a mistrial, paving the way for another trial at a later date.

While the jurors declined to comment after the mistrial was declared, one was overheard telling another juror, “My gut feeling is he probably did it.”

To read more from the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, click here.

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