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Hung jury leads to mistrial in Laurel County murder case

LONDON, Ky. (WKYT) - The jury was given the chance to decide in the murder trial of Lisa Gilliam. They left the courtroom in the afternoon and returned a few hours later, but not all 12 could agree on guilt or innocence.

"You've indicated the following 12 cannot come to a unanimous decision. How do we proceed?" read the judge aloud in court.

The panel was again sent back to talk the case over, a sign to several that this was likely a deadlocked jury. A sign of where this case was likely headed.

Gilliam is accused of murdering her husband, Larry, in his law office in Laurel County back in January of 2011. The defendant claims her husband shot himself in the chest while she was in another part of the office. Investigators say they were the only two in the office that day.

Gilliam spoke with police later that same day, and said she didn't do it. A few months later she was indicted.

Today at 7:02, the judge again read the jury's decision, "I have no alternative other than to accept that statement from the jury which effectively results in what we call a "hung jury."

"Ms. Gilliam, her story is not going to change. She says she's innocent from day one," stated Robert Norfleet, Gilliam's Defense Attorney, after the judge announced the mistrial.

The prosecuting attorneys were not available to comment.

The family of Larry Gilliam was unable to comment since the case remains ongoing, but they did say the hung jury came as a big disappointment. They're not the only ones expressing that feeling.

"Well, we obviously have to go back now and take another look at the case," said Scott Foster, who aided Norfleet in the defense.

"To say we're not a little disappointed in a hung jury would be an understatement. We'll just work on presenting her case so the next 12 jurors that hear it will agree and find her not guilty, and she can move on with her life," explained Norfleet.

The case will be retried, and the judge announce a pretrial hearing on October 19th. This time, Gilliam's defense team says they are confident they can prove their client's story without any challenges.

"We really wanted the acquittal here, so she could move on with her life, but it's okay it's another stumbling block. We'll come back and do it again," said Foster.

With the case declared a mistrial, the emotions involved for everyone will only last longer, and that wasn't what anyone seemed to want to hear, today.


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