Murder trial in beating death of 2-year old ends in mistrial

A mistrial has been declared in the murder trial of a Sherwood man charged with capital murder in the beating death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son, reports the Associated Press. Lekedrin Damone Smith was charged in the July 2008 death of Braylon Alexander.

The mistrial was declared after the seven-woman, five-man jury deliberated for five hours. Jurors did not comment afterward. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that prosecutors say they will retry Smith. State medical examiner Dr. Daniel Konzelmann testified the boy died after suffering eight impact wounds to his head — including a 6-inch skull fracture. Defense attorneys argued there was no proof Smith caused the wounds.

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