- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - A jury could not reach a unanimous verdict in the sex crimes trial of a Pascagoula man.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/22hY0BW) the jury informed the court Tuesday it was hopelessly deadlocked. Circuit Judge Kathy King Jackson declared a mistrial.

A Jackson County grand jury had indicted David Henry Epps in 2015 on 11 counts of sexual battery and eight counts of touching of a child for lustful purposes. However, he was being tried on four counts of sexual battery and three counts of touching of a child for lustful purposes.

Epps is accused of fondling and having sex with a child under age 14 between August 2011 and April 2012.

The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office plans to retry the case.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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