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Mistrial declared in Xbox Murder Trial

ELMIRA, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - A mistrial was declared Friday morning in the trial of a man accused of killing another man in 2016.

The jury began deliberations at 10:40 a.m. Thursday, the fourth day of the trial in Chemung County Court and were sent home at 5:45 p.m. 

Chemung County Judge Richard W. Rich Jr. had sent the jury back at about 9 a.m. Friday after they initially said they could not reach a verdict in the case of Akeem Williams, who is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the shooting death of Tiko Head on June 23, 2016.

At about 11:15 a.m., the jury reported that they were deadlocked, Rich Jr. declared the mistrial.  

Witnesses testified Head was shot in the chest after an argument with Williams over an Xbox.  The shooting happened around 1 a.m. at 106 W. Second St., directly across from Elmira Fire Department headquarters.

Williams is held at Chemung County Jail on $1 million bail.  Judge Rich Jr. told defense lawyer John Brennan he could submit a written request for reduced bail.

Jury selection for a retrial is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Oct. 30.
 


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