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Mistrial called in trial of man accused of killing teen

July 10, 2021 GMT

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) — The trial for a Colorado Springs man accused of killing a teen following a road rage incident in Westminster two years ago, ended abruptly Friday due to a witness’s medical emergency.

Jury selection was completed and opening arguments were set for Friday. But Judge Priscilla Loew announced that a medical emergency for one of the prosecution’s witnesses would prevent the trial from going forward, the Denver Post reported.

Court officials characterized the witness as “indispensable” to the prosecution and said the medical situation would prevent her from traveling to Colorado to testify. The court declared a mistrial and a new trial was set for Oct. 25.

Jeremy Webster faces 22 charges in connection with the June 14, 2018, shooting in a Westminster dental office’s parking lot that killed 13-year-old Vaughn Bigelow Jr. and left his mother and brother injured. A bystander was also shot and injured while sitting in his truck.

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The Bigelows were heading to a dental appointment when Meghan Bigelow, Vaughn’s mother, got into a confrontation on Sheridan Boulevard while trying to change lanes to allow an emergency vehicle to pass.

After the confrontation, Webster followed the family to the parking lot, where he began firing, witnesses said during a 2018 preliminary hearing.