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Mistrial declared in 1992 superintendent slaying

12:36 AM, Sep 20, 2012   |    comments
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COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A judge in Columbus has declared a mistrial in the murder trial of an Alabama man charged with stabbing the local school superintendent to death 20 years ago.

Kareem Lane of Pell City, Ala., was charged with murder in 2010 after authorities said they used DNA testing to tie the former U.S. Marine to the 1992 killing of Muscogee County School Superintendent Jim Burns.

The judge declared a mistrial Wednesday afternoon, citing a hung jury. Jurors had deliberated for three full days without coming to a consensus.

Lane's defense attorney had attacked the forensic evidence. Prosecution experts testified DNA found on the murder weapon did not definitively incriminate Lane because tests showed a second person had also handled the same knife.

 

(Associated Press)

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