Archive for Friday, February 25, 2011

Douglas County jury deadlocks in robbery case; new trial ordered for June

February 25, 2011


A Douglas County jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case of a Kansas City, Mo., man accused of taking part in a robbery last year in Lawrence.

Friday morning, District Judge Sally Pokorny declared a mistrial and scheduled a new trial for Matthew Thomas Garren, 30, to begin June 1.

During the trial that begin Tuesday, prosecutors accused Garren of pointing a gun at the back of a 20-year-old Lawrence man’s head the night of Jan. 19, 2010, during a robbery in a van near 15th Street and Haskell Avenue. He also faces aggravated robbery and conspiracy charges.

Ronald Broschart, 23, already has entered a plea in the case and was sentenced to serve 44 months in prison.

Garren testified that Broschart threatened him with a gun to come with him during the robbery.

Jurors deliberated for several hours Thursday and Friday morning before telling Pokorny they were deadlocked.


smitty 6 years, 12 months ago

Are jurists now so leery of the roll over testimony/evidence thus from the LPD invetigations and testimony just aren't worth convicting anyone over?

jhawkinsf 6 years, 12 months ago

was the vote 11-1 one way or the other? Or 6-6?

Steve Jacob 6 years, 12 months ago

Guessing Mr. Broschart did not make a very good witness. Hard to convict when you are not sure who carried the gun.

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