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Dismissed charges after hung jury triggered double jeopardy (access required)

  Jeopardy attaches when a jury is empaneled and continues following a mistrial until a terminating event occurs, the North Carolina Supreme Court has ruled, affirming the decision to vacate a defendant’s murder conviction on double jeopardy grounds. James Harold Courtney III was charged with the 2009 murder of James Carol Deberry. Courtney’s trial began in December ...

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