Judge Declares Mistrial in Constable Case

Jurors deliberated more than 7 hours

By Frank Heinz
|  Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011  |  Updated 3:39 PM CDT
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Judge Declares Mistrial in Constable Case

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Derick Evans will be tried again in the spring.

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A mistrial has been declared in the case of Dallas County Constable Derick Evans.

With the jurors saying they are "hopelessly deadlocked" after deliberating for about 7 hours, State District Judge Tracy Holmes had no other option but to declare the mistrial.

Evans is accused of engaging in organized crime by holding a raffle that benefited his re-election campaign -- which is illegal according to Texas state law.

The court coordinator confirmed the jury was locked at 7-5 favoring a guilty verdict.

The indictment against Evans stands and he will be tried again in the spring.  A tentative court date has been set for April.

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