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D.A.: Jackson facing third murder trial

By Glenn Evans
March 5, 2012 at 11 p.m.


Gregg County District Attorney Carl Dorrough said Monday that Desmond Dewayne Jackson will face a third trial in the murder of a 56-year-old man during a pawn shop robbery in 2007.

Jackson, of Hallsville, won a mistrial late Friday when the jury in his weeklong capital murder trial deadlocked. The 30-year-old remains jailed in Longview without bond.

"At this point we move back on to where we were previously," Dorrough said, adding a new trial date will await other cases previously set for court.

Last week's trial was Jackson's second on the capital murder charge. It was ordered by an appeals court that ruled that prejudicial evidence had been given jurors during a May 2009 trial at which Jackson was handed a life sentence.

He again faced a sentence of life without the possibility of parole in last week's trial, which was jeopardized in 2010 when Jackson escaped the Gregg County Jail in a trash bin.

He was captured within 14 hours.

The murder charge stems from the December 2007 fatal shooting of Melvin Brad Mitchell, 56, during a robbery of Cash America Pawn Shop on High Street in Longview.

Jurors took the case under deliberation after closing statements by Dorrough and defense attorney Tim Cone Friday.

Dorrough said 188th District Judge David Brabham declared a mistrial at 11:55 p.m.

"The last note (the jury) sent out said they were at 8-4 for guilt," Dorrough said.

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