- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A Waterloo man might be headed for a third trial on a robbery charge after a second jury couldn’t decide the case.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1KvjX5C ) a mistrial was declared Friday in Jessie Lee Mathews’ case.

Previously, a different jury also failed to reach a verdict in July.

Prosecutors say the 20-year-old Mathews conspired with four other people to burglarize Byron Supermarket last October. But the burglary plan fell apart when one of the store’s workers discovered the back door had been propped open.

Assistant County Attorney James Katcher says Mathews used a BB gun to threaten the store owner as she was leaving with the nightly deposit.

Defense attorney James Moriarty says Mathews wasn’t involved in the robbery and is being blamed by the others.


Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com

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