Mistrial declared in Simpson burglary trial

LIMA — Jurors in the burglary case of Gregory Simpson deliberated throughout much of the afternoon Tuesday before agreeing to disagree.

Shortly before 6 p.m., the jurors announced they were deadlocked and would be unable to render a verdict against the former Ohio Mr. Basketball star.

Prosecutors alleged Simpson stole his ex-girlfriend’s car keys when he reportedly broke into her apartment on July 27, 2023. He was indicted by an Allen County grand jury in September of last year on a second-degree felony count of burglary.

His trial got underway Monday in the courtroom of Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Terri Kohlrieser.

On Monday prosecutors played a 9-1-1 call from Hillary Weis, Simpson’s one-time girlfriend, who told dispatchers she could hear Simpson banging on her door and window. She screamed when Simpson reportedly forces his way into the bathroom where she was hiding and stayed on the phone until deputies arrived.

Deputy Ryan Ream told jurors he found Weis’s bedroom window open, the lock broken and blinds on the floor when he arrived to her apartment on July 27. He did not observe any other broken doors or windows.

Simpson testified in his defense Tuesday, telling jurors he broke up with Hillary Weis via text message on July 26 — hours before the alleged break-in — because she “wanted more” from the relationship than he did.

He denied breaking into Weis’s apartment through the bedroom window and denied blackmailing or having sex with Weis last November as Weis testified on Monday.

Prosecutors have not said what direction the case will take going forward.