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Mistrial push fails in Ketchner murder trial
2/21/2013 6:12:00 AM
By Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
KINGMAN - One of Darrell Ketchner's attorneys called for a mistrial Wednesday in the long-awaited murder trial after a witness introduced information that wasn't supposed to come forth until later in the case.
Ketchner is on trial for the July 4, 2009 murder of Ariel Allison and the attempted murder of Jennifer Allison, who was Ariel's mother and Ketchner's ex-girlfriend.
During testimony Wednesday, Denise Walsh, Allison's former next-door neighbor, mentioned three or four times the fact that Ketchner had been incarcerated.
Defense attorney John Napper objected and asked Judge Rick Williams for the mistrial, noting that both sides had agreed not to introduce Ketchner's previous stints behind bars until later in the trial. He argued that Walsh's statements tainted the jury.
County Attorney Megan McCoy retorted that since Walsh's references were so brief and the information would be introduced later, it wouldn't make a difference.
Williams agreed with McCoy, but ruled that the references to Ketchner's incarceration be stricken from the record. He instructed the jury, once it was reseated, to ignore that part of Walsh's testimony.
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