- Associated Press - Saturday, July 2, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The prosecution of a former Las Cruces police officer charged with beating a man in a holding cell has ended in a mistrial.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/29kY2bE) that a jury in Dona Ana County court deadlocked Friday after two days of deliberation in the case against Richard Garcia.

The ex-officer was charged with aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm in the beating of 49-year-old Ross Flynn.

Surveillance video shows Garcia and ex-officer Danny Salcido entering the cell on Dec. 23, 2014 and pushing and slamming a cuffed Flynn against a wall.

Prosecutors say Flynn, who had been arrested for allegedly pointing a rifle at a neighbor, was suffered a fractured skull.

Garcia’s attorney says Flynn escalated the situation.

Salcido’s trial begins July 18.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com

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