SPOKANE, Wash. — A judge declared a mistrial in the case of a Spokane Police Officer accused of rape after too many potential jurors had read an article about the suspect published in the local newspaper.
As a result of the mistrial, this case will get pushed back again. Since this is a criminal case, attorney's said a new trial date has to be on the calendar within 90 days.
A new date is set for August, however, Defense Attorney Rob Cossey said the case likely won't go to court in August because of scheduling conflicts.
Cossey said all of the attorney’s plan to meet with the judge to decide what happens moving forward.
According to the attorney, more than 50 percent of potential jurors said they were familiar with the case or had a personal connection to sexual assault.
Cossey said it became clear there were not going to be enough people who had not heard about the case to get a fair and impartial jury.
The attorney said potential jurors admitted to reading an article published over the weekend by the Spokesman Review detailing the case and discussing a motion filed by prosecutors.
Cossey said that information had a big impact on the judge's decision to declare a mistrial.
So how will the delay help find people who are not familiar with the information of the case?
Cossey said time helps people forget and he hopes they can find enough people to get a fair and impartial jury. He said he hopes the case will stay in Spokane but it is up to the judge to decide whether or not the case moves to a different City.
KREM2 reached out to prosecutors for comment, but have not received a response.