Trial of Scott County man accused of murdering parents ends in mistrial

gkocher1@herald-leader.comFebruary 1, 2012 

James Anthony Gray is on trial for two counts of murder.

GREG KOCHER | STAFF — Greg Kocher | Staff

The trial of a Scott County man accused of murdering his parents ended in a mistrial early Wednesday, so he will be tried again in September.

A jury of 10 women and two men in the trial of James Anthony Gray deliberated until 3:30 a.m., then told Scott Circuit Judge Paul Isaacs they were deadlocked.

Gray, 42, is charged with two counts of murder and tampering with physical evidence in the shooting deaths of his parents, James E. and Vivian Gray. The couple was found dead in their northern Scott County home.

Isaacs scheduled a new trial for Sept. 17.

In the trial that ended Wednesday, the jury deliberated and reviewed previously seen recorded testimony for more than 10 hours. They had been instructed to find Gray guilty or not guilty of murder or first-degree manslaughter.

The trial began Jan. 17 and, for reasons that have not been discussed by the prosecution or defense, no testimony was heard for three days. In order to make up time, the jurors heard testimony until 7 p.m. some days and even went into a rare Saturday session.

"I sure feel for the jurors, in that this was a more demanding process than a typical trial," said Commonwealth's Attorney Gordie Shaw. "I sure feel for them that they weren't able to reach a verdict.

"But as far as looking forward to another trial, we certainly are. We're ready to go and looking forward to putting the case on."

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