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The Latest: Reference to man’s prison time leads to mistrial

July 12, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the mistrial declared at the murder trial of a neo-Nazi accused of killing a Phoenix woman involved in an interracial relationship (all times local):

3:44 p.m.

A judge declared a mistrial in the case of a neo-Nazi charged with murdering a woman in an interracial couple because a witness made a reference to the white supremacist spending time in prison.

Superior Court Judge Dean Fink made the decision Wednesday at the trial of Travis Ricci, who is charged with murder in the 2009 shooting death of Kelly Ann Jaeger.

Authorities say Ricci intended to shoot Jaeger’s boyfriend, who is black, but instead fired fatal shotgun blasts at Jaeger, who is white.

Ricci is accused of yelling racial slurs at Jaeger’s boyfriend and harassing him over dating a white woman in a tense exchange that preceded the shooting.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

1:39 p.m.

A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a neo-Nazi charged with trying to kill a black man and fatally shooting the man’s white girlfriend after a dispute in a Phoenix park.

Superior Court Judge Dean Fink made the decision Wednesday at the trial of Travis Ricci, who is charged with murder in the 2009 shooting death of Kelly Ann Jaeger.

The reason for the mistrial was unclear.

Authorities say Ricci intended to shoot Jaeger’s boyfriend, who is black, but instead fired fatal shotgun blasts at Jaeger, who is white.

Ricci is accused of yelling racial slurs at Jaeger’s boyfriend and harassing him over dating a white woman in a tense exchange that preceded the shooting.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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