MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The man accused of killing a Memphis police officer will face trial for a third time after a hung jury led to mistrial.
The jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict at the murder trial of Timothy McKinney, who is accused of fatally shooting Don Williams while the officer was working off-duty as a security guard at a Frayser comedy club in 1997.
After deliberating since Sunday morning, the jury told Judge Lee Coffee for the second time Monday afternoon they could not reach a verdict in the case. The eight women and four men deliberated nearly seven hours Sunday and nearly six hours Monday.
In 1999, McKinney was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death until the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals awarded him a new trial in 2010 after ruling that his attorneys failed to investigate the case, prepare for trial or present evidence favorable to McKinney.
The sequestered jurors were not told of McKinney's previous court case and convictions.
The judge has ordered a new trial as early as possible; an exact date is still pending.