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Jurors cannot decide in double murder trial in St. Louis

Jurors cannot decide in double murder trial in St. Louis

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Tony Jordan and Jessica Thompson at Cabanne apartment complex

ST. LOUIS • A five-day murder trial in a 2014 double killing was declared a mistrial Friday when a jury couldn't agree on a verdict.

The crime had drawn extra public attention because of allegations that the victims might have been saved had a dispatcher not sent police to the wrong address.

Circuit Judge Thomas J. Frawley declared a mistrial in the case of Adrian Houston, 38, of University City, who was accused of killing his girlfriend and a groundskeeper in her West End apartment on July 9, 2014.

Police said Houston attacked Jessica Thompson, 25, in her apartment in the 5800 block of Cabanne Avenue, left and returned to shoot her and Tony Jordan, 32, who lived and worked there.

Thompson had called 911 when Houston showed up the first time, but a dispatcher sent police to an address about a block west on Cabanne, and officers didn't go to Thompson's apartment until after the shootings.

A civil suit is pending regarding over the error. In the lawsuit, the victims' relatives claimed their deaths could have been prevented had officers gone to the correct address.

Nick Zotos, Houston's lawyer, said the jury was split evenly after deliberating about 11 hours. He said a new trial for Houston has been tentatively set for June 27.

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