LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ A federal judge declared a mistrial Tuesday after jurors said they couldn't reach verdicts in the public corruption trial of a state senator and two former legislators.

Sen. Mike Bearden, a Democrat, and former senators Mike Todd and Steve Bell had been accused of scheming to profit illegally from state programs intended to help children.

The three defendants had been charged with seven others in a 133-count indictment alleging corruption. Prosecutors alleged the defendants conspired to bilk state programs of at least $1.9 million.

In November, former Sen. Nick Wilson was convicted of tax evasion. He later pleaded guilty to racketeering in the current case and is awaiting sentencing. Six others struck deals with the government to avoid going to trial.

Bearden's lawyer, Tim Dudley, said the mistrial was the ``second-best'' outcome for the defendants. He said he would ask the judge to drop all charges.

Prosecutors want to question the jurors before deciding whether to retry the three.