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Mistrial declared in 2004 Worcester stabbing case

September 24, 2014

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A judge has declared a mistrial after the jury could not reach a verdict in the trial of a Worcester man charged with fatally stabbing another man in a dispute over drugs.

The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/1Dxkbcp ) reports that Worcester Superior Court Judge Janet Kenton-Walker declared a mistrial Tuesday in the case against Dennis Jones after the jury foreman sent a note into the courtroom saying the jurors were hopelessly deadlocked.

Prosecutors say Jones stabbed James Notice in the chest during a fight in a Franklin Street apartment building in August 2004 after Notice accused the defendant of selling him bogus cocaine. Notice died two days later.

Defense lawyers pointed to Notice’s girlfriend as a possible suspect, an allegation she denied.

Prosecutors say they intend to retry the case.


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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