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Judge Declares Mistrial in 2010 Stoughton Murder Case

A jury was released Thursday after six weeks of testimony and a week of deliberation.

Norfolk Superior Court Judge Raymond Brassard has declared a mistrial in the trial of John M. Rooney for the alleged murder of a Stoughton man in 2010, the Norfolk County District Attorney's office said Thursday. 

Georgios Kontsas, 78, was stabbed to death in his Mara Circle home on Feb. 27, 2010 after defending his wife, who was being assaulted by a man who forced his way into the home, according to the DA's office. Kontsas's wife testified at the trial of Rooney, 50, who remains held without bail. 

"We have already asked for a new trial date,” District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said in a statement after the jury was released. "We are prepared to move forward as soon as possible."

A jury heard six weeks of testimony and deliberated for seven days, but was unable to come to a unanimous verdict in the case and were released from service at noon on Thursday, July 3, according to the DA's office. 

Stephen Prone July 03, 2014 at 01:46 PM
WTF is the deal here? 78 yr old gets killed in his home, and the guy may walk?
Sue Wilson Ford July 04, 2014 at 07:59 AM
As AG Martha Coakley has said: "We don't resort to self-help in this state". I guess the jury figured the victim was supposed to just wait for Rooney to leave.

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