- Associated Press - Saturday, July 18, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A retrial has been requested for a Minot Air Force Base woman accused of causing a fatal accident in Minot two years ago.

Jurors in June failed to reach a verdict in the case of 32-year-old Maria Sutton. She’s accused of driving her car in the wrong lane in June 2013 and striking a vehicle driven by 49-year-old Robert Morrison head-on, killing the Westhope man.

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

KXMC-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1CO9chu ) a new trial date has not yet been scheduled.

Judge Doug Mattson says the Ward County jury schedule is ‘handicapped’ by having only two courtrooms capable of holding juries.

Mattson says he will be looking into using a courtroom in Mountrail County.

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Information from: KXMC-TV, https://www.kxnet.com


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