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Mistrial Declared In Rickey Leon Case

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Closing arguments were held today in the trial of Rickey Leon, but the day ended with a huge development.

The trial itself has been inundated with jury issues. First, one of the jurors was excused after reporting that she saw the defendant and his family after leaving the court room. She said she felt uneasy after seeing them and had a feeling that she was being followed.  

Thursday afternoon, there was another development; one that would end the trial. The judge declared a mistrial because a juror brought information into the jury room that was not discussed in trial.

This past spring, witnesses told say they heard about 5 gunshots, and then saw people running through alleys near that area.  Spokane Police say the drive-by getaway car was found speeding away, and then crashed into a tree in someone's yard.  

In court Thursday, all that was detailed once again. The prosecution pointed the finger at 32-year-old Rickey Leon as the driver. He faced 4 counts of 1st Degree Assault. 

After the mistrial was declared, Leon cried and thanked his lawyer. It is now up to state to pursue another trial.  

Leon's defense attorney told KHQ on the phone that juror #5 did research on his own on the ability of eye witnesses to recall events. 

Now there will be a hearing on contempt issue possibly for juror.

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