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Mistrial in 2015 killing at Savannah State University

July 20, 2019

ATLANTA (AP) — Jurors were unable to agree on a verdict in the trial of a 25-year-old man accused of shooting and killing a Georgia college student during a 2015 fight in the school’s student union.

News outlets report that prosecutors say they will retry Justin Stephens in the death of Christopher Starks, who was a 22-year-old junior at Savannah State University.

Judge John E. Morse Jr. declared a mistrial Friday.

Prosecutors said Stephens turned a fistfight into a shooting on Aug. 27, 2015.

Defense attorneys said there was a fight, but Stephens did not shoot Starks.

Stephens was indicted in April 2018 on 10 charges including murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and firearms offenses.

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