Mistrial declared in East Hartford triple murder case

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A judge has declared a mistrial after a jury deadlocked in the case of a man accused in the 2010 bludgeoning deaths of his mother and two other people in East Hartford.

The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/1Ll9TOp ) the Hartford Superior Court jury notified the judge Thursday evening that it had reached an impasse in the case of Brett Bednarz and didn’t deliberate further when it returned Friday morning.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether prosecutors will retry the case.

The 50-year-old Bednarz was charged with murder in the deaths of his 74-year-old mother, Beverly Therrien, and two house guests, 53-year-old Michael Ramsey and 60-year-old Pamela Johns, at Therrien’s home.

The defense argued the only physical evidence against Bednarz was a tissue that could have been in his mother’s house for months.

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