- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A district court judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a woman from the Minot Air Force Base woman accused of causing a fatal accident in the city two years ago after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision.

The 12-member jury spent 10 hours deliberating the case of 32-year-old Maria Sutton before telling District Judge Doug Mattson on Friday they couldn’t all agree on a verdict.

Sutton is accused of driving her car in the wrong lane in June 2013 in north Minot and striking a vehicle driven by 49-year-old Robert Morrison head-on, killing the Westhope man. She told police she had become disoriented in heavy rain, missed a turn and did not realize she was in the wrong lane.

She pleaded not guilty to a felony negligent homicide charge that carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison.

Since the four-day trial ended in a hung jury, the two sides will meet the judge again on July 17 for a status conference, where a new trial date will be scheduled for Sutton.



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