Man goes on trial two weeks after earlier trial ends in hung jury


LIMA — Jury selection is slated to get underway Thursday morning in Allen County Common Pleas Court as a Chicago man goes on trial for the second time in as many weeks.

Jurors in the robbery and kidnapping trial of Jarvis Killingsworth deliberated more than four hours over parts of two days last month before announcing they were hopelessly deadlocked.

Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Terri Kohlrieser declared a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict. Killingsworth faced three felony charges for allegedly robbing a Lima man and his wife at gunpoint in January and a new trial was immediately scheduled following the mistrial.

Killingsworth was indicted by a grand jury in March on a single count of robbery, a second-degree felony. The indictment was amended last month to include two counts of kidnapping, also second-degree felonies.

The defendant, who maintained his innocence throughout the case, took the stand in his own defense Monday and told jurors his arrest was the result of a case of mistaken identity. Apparently at least one juror was convinced.

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