Judge Simms declares mistrial in Jedarrius Meadows murder trial
“It was fairly obvious when I brought the jury in a while ago, I asked them if they were making any progress … they are not making any progress,” Bibb County Superior Court Judge Howard Simms said. “I am going to declare a mistrial and send this jury home.”
Jedarrius Meadows is accused of killing 15-year-old Damion Clayton in February 2014 at the Macon Little League Baseball Field, located on Anthony Road.
Meadows’ attorney, Jay Davis, is not pleased with Saturday’s outcome.
“I felt like the jury had been there, been here for four and a half days,” Davis said. “They’ve been out for three hours. I felt like, I think they could have gone out and finished deliberating. It appears that they were around nine to three. We believe that was in our favor.”
David Cooke, the Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney had a different take.
“We can’t expect jurors to agree on every single case every time,” Cooke says. “We tried the case well. It’s just sometimes not every juror can agree, so when that happens, the judge declares a mistrial. We look forward to trying the case again.”
The trial will be moved to the next calendar term.