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Murder trial ends with hung jury

Supreme Court

A 25-year-old man faces a retrial for murder and use of a firearm after a Supreme Court jury failed to reach a verdict yesterday.

Kiari Tucker, from Warwick, was charged with the murder of Morlan Steede, 35, and the use of a firearm in 2017.

His trial, which began on November 4, was expected to conclude yesterday after more than a month of evidence.

But the jury, after about five hours of deliberation, admitted they were unable to come to verdict.

Puisne Judge Juan Wolffe discharged the jury and adjourned the case until February 1 next year for another trial date to be set.

Mr Tucker was remanded in custody.

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