SMALL LEGAL VICTORY FOR MILITARY VETERAN ARRESTED AFTER ‘RUDELY DISPLAYING’ RIFLE ON HIKE WITH HIS SON
BELTON (AP) — A mistrial was declared Friday in a Texas case against a soldier carrying his assault rifle on a hike, in a proceeding that was being closely watched by gun-rights advocates.
The six-person jury in Belton was deadlocked after two days of deliberations Thursday and Friday. Prosecutors did not immediately reveal whether they intended to retry him.
“The state, the entire time, has looked and gone out of its way to find something to charge me with,” Grisham said in an interview.
Grisham said he was driven by the fear that a conviction or guilty plea in the case would create “ripple effects” for gun owners elsewhere, “if we’re allowing our police officers to go around stealing people’s weapons for no reason.”