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Mistrial, McKernan Jury Deadlocked



A mistrial has been declared in the Colleen McKernan case. Judge Chryssa Hartnett, releasing the jury at about 4:30 Friday afternoon. For the second time Friday, they came to the judge, saying they were hopelessly deadlocked on the case. They deliberated for 14 hours. The prosecution will re-try the case; in fact there is a pre-trial on Tuesday. McKernan is still charged with killing her husband Rob on New Years Eve of 2014.
At their mid-morning break Friday, the jury in the Colleen McKernan trial went to the judge to tell her they were having a difficult time reaching a verdict on the murder charge. The judge gave them additional instructions in court, advising that they return to the jury room and continue to work toward some sort of agreement.
The jury of 10 men and 2 women began deliberating the murder case against Colleen McKernan on Wednesday. They started working at 4:45 Wednesday afternoon. They resumed deliberations at about 9 a.m. Thursday, taking a break for lunch. Closing arguments were heard in the case on Wednesday.  There were five full days and two half-days of testimony, including defendant Colleen McKernan, on the stand for more than a day. Beginning Wednesday morning, the state called the remainder of their rebuttal witnesses to refute the testimony from the defendant.

The prosecution essentially mocking every statement made by Colleen McKernan during closing arguments on Wednesday.   They suggested she planned to kill her husband and that New Year's Eve, 2014 presented the perfect opportunity to do it.   Prosecutors closed by once again suggesting the shots to Rob McKernan's face were the last fired despite witness reports.  The state ended closing remarks with a recording from the police department that captures the defendant saying "I just murdered somebody."





(CLICK ARROWS FOR SOUND)  The prosecution went head to head with Colleen McKernan Tuesday about what really happened on December 31st, 2014.  The state also turned to text messages and witness statements in an effort to depict the defendant as an angry and controlling wife, specifically when it came to money.   Both the defense and prosecution have rested their cases, however the state will move forward with rebuttal witnesses on Wednesday. 
The prosecution cross-examined Colleen McKernan in the former Massillon woman's murder trial in Stark County Common Pleas Court Tuesday afternoon. The defendant had been on the stand since Monday afternoon, saying she doesn't remember what happened after she initially pulled the trigger as she says husband Rob came after her; the next thing she recalls is pointing the gun at the wall and Rob lying on the ground. Most of her testimony has been about the alleged abusive relationship the two had.
WHBC's Michaela Madison is in the courtroom and is keeping us updated.  Listen again today and throughout the week to 1480 WHBC and the WHBC app. Also, keep an eye on the 1480 WHBC Facebook page for images and video from the courtroom. McKernan is accused of shooting Rob McKernan to death on New Years Eve 2014. (PHOTOS FROM VIDEO ON 1480WHBC FACEBOOK PAGE)

Bernabei Hopes Ice Rink Can Reopen

The downtown Canton ice rink could return to life next winter. That's the hope of Mayor Tom Bernabei, who says he is working to create a partnership with the downtown Special Improvement District to operate the rink, which is just west of the courthouse on West Tusc. Bernabei tells 1480 WHBC's Canton's Morning News that he envisions a facility that would also rent skates and be open weeknights and weekends.

OSP: Canton Man Takes Troopers on Chase, Standoff

A Canton man is in the Guernsey County jail facing several charges after a police pursuit and standoff early this morning... 30-year-old Fabian Potter II was being pursued by Canton police until the state patrol took over on southbound I-77... After disabling his car and pushing it off Route 22 near Salt Fork State Park, the patrol says Fabian showed what appeared to be a gun... Three hours into the standoff he was arrested; the gun turned out to be fake.

Coroner's Investigator IDs Crash Victim

The Stark County Coroner's Office has positively identified one of the two victims from that fiery crash on 12th Street near Stadium Park last week... Chief Investigator Harry Campbell says 21-year-old Cody Butler of Canton was behind the wheel when the pickup truck sped down Serpentine Hill and wrapped around a tree... The passenger in the vehicle may be positively IDd next week.

BBB: Scam Targets New Ohio Business Owners

It's the latest scam affecting Ohioans: The Better Business Bureau says if you recently registered a new business with the Secretary of State's office, you may receive a postcard that instructs you to call a phone number. The BBB says if you call the number, someone will try to sell you a Certificate of Good Standing for up to $200; you can get that from the state for just $5. A North Canton law firm's address is the return address; they have nothing to do with scam. Of course, the BBB says don't call the phone number.

PD Finds Alliance Man's Lost Weed

An Alliance man lost something and asked police for help. But the lost item was a stash of marijuana, so when the officer found the "weed", he didn't return it, giving him a court summons instead. 42-year-old Dennis Wagner is seen in police bodycam video, asking for help. Police say he was intoxicated.

AEP, FirstEnergy Deals are Nixed

Remember those energy deals that some said would raise your electricity rates to pay for older power plants? The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has nixed the deals with both AEP and FirstEnergy, saying they are not appropriate now in a more competitive marketplace. AEP and First Energy say they are disappointed by the order by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Both say a big concern is that a federal agency has tossed out an agreement that a state agency, the PUCO,  approved. The companies are not certain if they will appeal the decision.



USA Track & Field Half-Marathon runners advice: Don't look back

The corner of East Columbus Street and South 3rd lies in the heart of German Village. It’s where Hausfrau Haven sits on the corner and the cross streets lead to parks and beer gardens. With a handful of the nation’s top runners at his heels Saturday morning, it’s also where Christo Landry made his move. Right at the 10-mile mark of the 2016 USA Track & Field Half Marathon Championship, the 30-year-old Charlotte, N.C., native took control of the race.

Motorist dies in Delaware County crash

A motorist died in a one-vehicle crash this morning in Delaware County, the State Highway Patrol said.

Security detail protecting Kasich earning thousands in overtime pay

His long-shot chances aside, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is working the presidential campaign trail hard — very hard. So are the State Highway Patrol troopers legally required to protect the Republican wherever he is, whatever he's doing.


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