Jury unable to reach verdict in 2016 house party murder case

Jury unable to reach verdict in 2016 house party murder case
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - A Muscogee County jury could not reach a decision in the fate of a man facing a murder charge.

Drevon Johnson is facing a murder charge for the 2016 murder of 23-year-old Richard Collier at a house party.

According to Johnson’s attorney, the jury deliberated for almost 23 hours before being unable to reach a verdict with an 8 to 4 split.

According to District Attorney Mark Jones, Johnson will remain behind bars until he’s able to retry the case. Johnson is nearing the end of a separate sentence and was originally set to be released in May, but now will have to stay in jail.

This is Jones’ first murder case since being elected district attorney.

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