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2nd mistrial declared in death of off-duty Texas constable

March 3, 2018

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A second mistrial has been declared in the case of an ex-Fort Bliss soldier accused in the 2014 death of an off-duty constable working security at a Halloween haunted house in El Paso.

A judge in El Paso on Friday ruled jurors were deadlocked in the aggravated assault against a public servant trial of 22-year-old Devon Huerta-Person.

A different jury in 2016 also failed to reach a verdict in the death of 45-year-old Constable Robert White. Investigators White was kicking some people out of the haunted house when he allegedly was punched and fell. He died at a hospital.

An autopsy determined White died from health problems, including heart disease and high blood pressure, but his security-related injury was a factor.

Prosecutors will consider whether to pursue a third trial.

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