Mistrial Declared in Jason Scott Murder Case

A new trial is expected to commence in October.

A mistrial was declared in the Jason Scott case Monday for “technical reasons,” according to the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s office.

Scott, 28, is facing several charges in Prince George’s County, including two counts of first-degree murder in the . The bodies of the mother and daughter were found burning in a vehicle not far from the family's Largo home.

A Prince George’s County detective testified Monday for the state, and during the course of his testimony, he referred to Scott being involved in multiple home invasions, according to John Erzen, a spokesperson for the state’s attorney’s office.

The detective's testimony resulted in the judge declaring a mistrial.

“The judge had previously ruled that only one home invasion was admissible in trial,” Erzen said.

Jury selection for Scott’s retrial will commence on Oct. 14, and Erzen said the trial will likely begin a week later, and is expected to last four to six weeks.

“While we are disappointed in this outcome, we feel that the correct ruling was made and we respect Judge Whalen’s decision,” Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said in a statement.  “This is no way jeopardizes our case against Mr. Scott and we look forward to retrying the case later this year.”

Scott was sentenced in federal court to 100 years in prison last year for numerous charges, including home invasion, child pornography and weapons charges. Today was the first day his Prince George’s County trial had recommenced following a suicide attempt by a witness last week.

bckarn February 25, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Another example of the inept justice system in Prince George's County. Very easy to retry this man when the taxpayers are paying for it! Had the mistrial not occurred, we would not have to pay for two trials. Didn't the States Attorney or the ADA prepare the detective to testify. Don'[t they review the judge's rulings beforhand. Did the ADA not meet with the detective beforhand. In my view, whoever mad the mistake should have to pay a part of the new trial. That might reduce the number of mistrials that occur!
john February 26, 2013 at 02:41 PM
This is PG County, where the cops, judges and elected officials are usually the biggest criminals in the room.


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