WAGONER COUNTY, Okla. – A judge has declared a mistrial in the case against a man accused of murdering an Oklahoma teenager.
In January of 2017, officials were called to the Jackson Bay area near Fort Gibson Lake after neighbors reported hearing gunshots. After going to investigate the gunshots, neighbors found a body on fire.
Investigators say the body was so badly damaged that the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office had to identify the victim using dental records.
Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliot said the victim, identified as 15-year-old Brennan Davis, had been shot several times.
Days later, authorities arrested Joshua Herrington and were soon able to connect him to the crime.
He was ultimately charged with first-degree murder and desecration of a human corpse.
A short time later, investigators learned that another man was allegedly involved in the case.
Cody Austin Thompson was also arrested and charged with first-degree murder and desecration of a human corpse.
In June of 2018, Herrington accepted a plea deal after confessing to the murder and agreeing to testify against Thompson. Herrington pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole.
On Wednesday, a judge declared a mistrial in Thompson’s murder case.
According to FOX 23, the judge dismissed the jurors after learning that they were talking about the case before deliberations were underway.