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Judge declares Campbell man’s shooting trial a mistrial

Tre-Mon Dukes, 23, and defense attorney Mary Ellen Ditchey stands as Judge Andrew D. Logan enters the courtroom at the completion of the trial Friday afternoon.

WARREN — A Trumbull County jury was sent home Friday afternoon after some 17 hours of deliberations, unable to come up with a unanimous verdict in the trial of a Campbell man facing felony charges connected to the Oct. 5, 2020, shooting of a Warren man.

Despite the mistrial, Tre’Mon Dukes, 23, of Tenney Avenue, still faces two counts of felonious assault and a charge of aggravated robbery. Trumbull County Assistant Prosecutor Charles Morrow said he will consult with his boss, Prosecutor Dennis Watkins, about the next step in the case and whether they will pursue a second trial. Both Morrow and defense attorney Mary Ellen Ditchey had no further comment.

Common Pleas Judge Andrew D. Logan, after earlier Friday reading a charge asking the jury to continue deliberating, came back about 1:30 p.m. inquiring if the panel had made any progress toward a verdict.

Jury forewoman Autumn Brown told the judge there was a difference of opinion among jurors and both sides have remained firm.

“We gave it our best,” Brown said.

Dukes, who remains in custody, is one of two men accused of shooting Jody Hall, 18, outside a Charles Avenue NE home.

Jurors considered the testimony by the victim, Warren police officers and two neighbors who had heard the shots and came to Hall’s aid in the front yard where another man was changing a tire on the car.

Hall testified Dukes and co-defendant Mehki Walker had come off the bike trail, with one of the men hitting him with the butt of the gun and both shooting him and stealing money from him.

Walker is scheduled for trial Oct. 4 on the same charges that Dukes faces. Walker, whose case is before Judge Peter J. Kontos, also is facing felony charges for a November 2020 incident in which he is accused of shooting at law enforcement officers in a chase through the west side of Warren. Meanwhile, Hall, was indicted earlier this month on charges of aggravated robbery and felonious assault, both with firearm specifications, and one felony count of receiving stolen property, according to a grand jury report. Hall is accused in an afternoon shooting Feb. 11 in the 200 block of Belmont Street NW in Warren in which a 30-year-old West Market Street man received gunshot wounds to the neck, shoulder and arm.

gvogrin@tribtoday.com

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