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For 2nd time, mistrial declared in Weiss' Olmsted County murder trial

The jury told the Olmsted County judge earlier Wednesday that “our jury is at an impasse with each person firm in their position.”

Posted: Oct 23, 2019 12:14 PM
Updated: Oct 23, 2019 7:17 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - For the second time, a mistrial has been declared in the second-degree murder trial of Alexander Weiss.

The jury told the Olmsted County judge earlier Wednesday that “our jury is at an impasse with each person firm in their position.”

Just after 2 p.m., a mistrial was declared.

Weiss was on trial for second-degree murder after fatally shooting 17-year-old Muhammed Rahim after a traffic collision in January of 2018. The first trial resulted in a mistrial after a unanimous decision could not be reached after more than a day of deliberation.

Just before noon Wednesday, the judge asked the jury to come to a verdict and sent them back to resume deliberations.

It took just over two hours for the trial to then be deemed a mistrial.

1/2 We were called back into the courtroom with the following note from the jury, “Our jury is at an impass with each person firm in their position” the jury says they aren’t able to come to a unanimous verdict. The judge has asked them to resume deliberations one more time.

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The jurors were told Tuesday morning of four points that would lead to a guilty verdict of second-degree murder.
1. Rahim died.
2. The defendant caused the death of Rahim.
3. The defendant was committing assault with a dangerous weapon.
4. The incident happened in Olmsted County.
“If you find that any of these things have not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt, the defendant is not guilty,” the jurors were told.

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