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Judge declares mistrial in Lubbock murder case

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Corey Conner, Source: Lubbock's Sheriff's Office Corey Conner, Source: Lubbock's Sheriff's Office

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The murder trial of 25-year-old Corey Conner that started Monday and ends Tuesday in a mistrial.

A juror came forward and told th court that he or she knew a witness in the trial. The judge decided not to move forward and declared a mistrial. The murder trial will resume at a later date.

Corey Conner is accused of shooting 23-year-old Bobby Jones outside the Fiesta Ballroom at 4th and MLK last December. Authorities arrested Conner in Albuquerque in January after searching for him for more than a month and brought him to Lubbock.

He is behind bars waiting for trial since February of this year on a $500,000 bond. Conner will continue to wait for his day in court due to the mistrial.

The defendant's attorney says no misconduct was on either side of the trial; both sides just wanted to make sure it's a fair trial.

"The state prosecutors and I discussed with the judge and ultimately the prosecutors and I decided that we probably not go forward, because we thought that it was such in nature that it wouldn't withstand scrutiny on appeal," said Jeff Nicholson, Conner's attorney.

Conner's attorney says he and prosecutors would like to reschedule as soon as possible and want to make sure they have a fair trial. Judge Underwood's office says they most likely will restart in January.

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