Judge declares mistrial against man accused in local basketball player’s death

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OKLAHOMA - A judge declared a mistrial in the murder trial against Prince Ordu, the man accused in the death of a young basketball star.

The jury deliberated for more than six hours and could not reach a verdict.

A juror told NewsChannel 4 the jury was deadlocked 9-3 in favor of the state.

Ordu walked out of the courtroom Monday still unsure of his fate.

He will now face another trial in the murder of Anthony Hartfield, Junior, an All-State basketball player from U.S. Grant High who went on to play college ball.

Monday, the jury deadlocked on a verdict.

“It’s unfortunate the jury couldn't reach a verdict. It was very close. I know they worked very hard at this. These are very tough cases,” said Ordu’s attorney, Michael Johnson.

Hartfield was visiting family when he was shot and killed in a home invasion robbery in 2013.

Prosecutors said Ordu ordered the robbery from jail with a contraband cell phone.

Two other men charged in the murder reached deals with the state in exchange for their testimony against Ordu.

“These two guys, they made a sweetheart deal,” said juror Michael Schmidt.

Prosecutors used phone records to link Ordu’s alleged contraband phone to the phones of the robbers, who shot Hartfield.

“When you've got one telephone in a whole pod or jail using the same telephone, how are you going to prove who was using what, when and where?” Schmidt said.

In closing arguments Monday, prosecutors said the murder of an innocent basketball star shows the dark side of how gangs work in our city.

But, Ordu’s attorney maintained his guy wasn’t involved at all.

“We just didn't feel there was enough evidence to convict him,” Schmidt said.

Ordu isn’t a free man.

He’s still in jail on contraband charges.

Attorneys will set a new court date Tuesday.

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