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SANDERSVILLE, Ga. — Dublin Judicial Circuit Senior Judge H. Gibbs Flanders Jr. has declared a mistrial in the murder case of three former Washington County sheriff’s deputies charged in the killing a Milledgeville man four years ago.

The jury deliberated for three days before the judge declared a mistrial on Tuesday afternoon after jurors remained deadlocked.

The law requires that jurors reach a unanimous decision — whether it be innocent or guilty — on each of the eight charges against the three co-defendants in the case. 

The defendants were former deputies Michael Howell, Henry Lee Copeland and Rhett Scott.

The trio is accused of causing the death of 58-year-old Eurie Lee Martin on July 7, 2017, following a confrontation on Deepstep Road in Washington County that resulted in the victim being tased several times. Martin, a Black man, died at the scene. All three of the former deputies on trial in the case are white.

Jurors began their deliberations about 11 a.m. last Friday, took an hour for lunch, and then deliberated the case until about 5 p.m. before the court recessed for the weekend. 

Deliberations resumed on Monday and continued on Tuesday. 

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