By Associated Press - Friday, April 24, 2015

HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) - The third murder trial of a man accused of beating and stabbing a Columbia County school teacher and setting him on fire has ended in a mistrial.

Jurors said Thursday they couldn’t reach a verdict in the trial of William Demagall after four days of deliberations.

Demagall escaped from a mental hospital in Massachusetts two days before the killing in February 2006 and lived in a cave until he got a ride to the home of the victim, 56-year-old George Mancini. He told police he had been sent on a “mission from God.”

Demagall’s 2006 conviction was reversed because prosecutors didn’t produce the first forensic psychiatrist to examine Demagall. A doctor had concluded Demagall wasn’t responsible because of mental disease. The second conviction was reversed on similar grounds.

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