- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Jury selection has ended abruptly in a Des Moines man’s murder trial after defense lawyers accused a prosecutor of purposefully trying to taint the potential juror pool.

The Des Moines Register (https://dmreg.co/1TUv7Js ) reports that the judge granted the defense lawyers’ request for a mistrial less than an hour after ruling the trial could continue with the jury pool.

The issue involved the prosecutor’s answer to a question from a prospective juror who asked about the potential sentence. The prosecutor answered, going against case law that says jurors shouldn’t be told about potential sentences because only evidence should factor into a defendant’s verdict.

Thirty-one-year-old Patrick William Kirwan’s lawyers don’t dispute that he killed 35-year-old Mark Hruska in March 2015. They’re set to argue that he was legally insane at the time.

A new trial date wasn’t immediately set.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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