- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A DeKalb County judge has declared a mistrial in the case of suspended County CEO Burrell Ellis.

The mistrial was declared Tuesday after 11 days of jury deliberations. Ellis was accused of pressuring businesses for donations to his 2012 campaign in exchange for county contracting work.

Ellis was charged with bribery, theft, extortion and perjury. During the trial, Ellis has maintained his innocence, saying he made phone call but didn’t threaten anyone or take action against vendors’ contracts.

Ellis faced up to 20 years in prison.

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