Following the dramatic testimony and painstaking consideration of the evidence
in the trial of Colleen McKernan, a mistrial was announced by the judge
As TimesReporter.com reports, the determination came after a jury deadlock, prompting prosecutors and
Defense Attorney Ian Friedman to return to court this week to discuss
how to proceed with the case.
"The jury dealt with great human tragedy all around," Attorney
Friedman told reporters after the mistrial announcement. "They obviously
worked very hard, and I appreciate their service. This is a fight for
Colleen that will continue into Round 2."
McKernan, 28, stands accused of murdering her husband Rob McKernan on New
Years' Eve 2014. The couple was seen fighting at a party that night
over Rob's attempted drug use before returning home. There, according
to Colleen McKernan, Rob became violent, forcing her to defend herself.
Rob was shot 10 times. Colleen called 911 and attempted CPR on her husband
before the authorities arrived.
While prosecutors focused on the physical evidence left in the house, Attorney
Friedman brought a greater scope and context to the narrative, asserting
that Colleen was not a murderer, but a wife who feared for her life. None
of the physical evidence, he also asserted, could prove that Rob McKernan
was not the aggressor that night.
When a mistrial occurs, a new trial must be conducted to make a determination
of the charges. Both Attorney Friedman and prosecutors spoke with the
jury last week following the mistrial, which is customary. Moving forward,
counsel must review what aspects of the case created conflict for the
jury. Those aspects can then be addressed in the following trial.
Attorney Friedman will appear with Colleen McKernan in court this week
to further discuss with a judge how to proceed with the case. We know
that Attorney Friedman will resume his vigilant approach to this case
and ensure that our client receives the consideration she deserves before the law.
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