Bismarck murder trial of 2 men ends in hung jury

March 19, 2022 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Jurors deciding the fate of two men accused in the shooting death of a Bismarck man last March could not reach a unanimous decision, delaying resolution of the case.

Jurors about 2:30 p.m. Fridaynotified South Central District Judge Daniel Borgen that their deliberations had reached a stalemate in the case of Kevin Hartson, 30, of Bismarck, and Devante Evans, 27, of Detroit, Michigan, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

The two are accused of killing Reonardo Alexis, 26, and injuring another man at an apartment the night of March 28, 2021. Police at the time said the incident might have been linked to a drug transaction.

Both men are charged with murder in the course of another crime. Evans additionally faces charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of a firearm, and wearing a mask while committing a crime.

After the jury stalemate was declared, Borgen told attorneys in the case that the earliest date a new trial could start would be July 26.