Judge declares mistrial in Iowa County reckless homicide case

Published: Feb. 8, 2019 at 4:29 PM CST
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A judge declared a mistrial following a hung jury in the trial of Austin Valdez in Iowa County Friday evening.

"The jury has reached an exhaustive standstill, and a decision is unlikely," said Judge Craig Day.

Jury deliberation began at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 8. The jury asked one question. The judge made the clarifications and the jury returned to deliberations.

Police say Valdez killed his stepfather, Robin Reeson.

Officers say it was a domestic issue that escalated in March of 2018 between Valdez and Reeson. The criminal complaint said the then 19-year-old was protecting his mother and he did not shoot to kill.

Larry Nelson, the District Attorney, said Valdez never gave any warning to Reeson.

Authorities said that there was no prior history of domestic abuse between the three.

Valdez has pleaded not guilty to a reckless homicide charge, if found guilty he could face up to 60 years in prison.

A status conference is expected at the end of March to determine how to proceed with the case.

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