Mistrial declared for Alabama teen accused of murder
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A mistrial has been declared in the case of an Alabama teen accused of slaying a man in 2017.
Al.com reports the murder trial of 19-year-old Janorris Johnson ended Friday. The report doesn’t explain why Judge Michael Streety declared a mistrial.
Birmingham Police have said officers found 34-year-old Joseph Smith with multiple gunshot wounds in May 2017 outside a home he and others had been gambling and drinking. Sgt. Bryan Shelton said a fight began and Smith was shot.
Defense attorney Emory Anthony said Johnson “is saddened by the death of Mr. Smith but he was defending himself.”
A new trial date has not been set yet.
Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews