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Mistrial Granted in Green Murder Trial Due to Hung Jury

Motion for mistrial granted by judge.
A mistrial was declared in the murder trial of a former Petrolia man accused of killing his roommate.

Jurors said they simply couldn't make a unanimous decision. They sent out two notes informing the court that there was no way all 12 of them would find Justin Green guilty of murder or that all of them would decide that he acted in self defense when he killed 28-year-old Jose Ramirez.

Ramirez and Green met while serving at Fort Sill together.

Ramirez then moved into a house in the 1700 block of FM 2332 in Petrolia. That's where authorities say they found Ramirez's body buried in a shallow grave last year.

The defense made a motion for a mistrial because the jury couldn't reach a consensus. The state objected, asking the judge to urge jurors to continue their deliberations.

Judge Roger Towery orverruled that objection, saying jurors had already deliberated for a considerable amount of time and he declared a mistrial.

We spoke with District Attorney for the 97th District Paige Williams afterward and she called the ruling disappointing.

Williams said the hardest part was telling Ramirez's family who'd flown in from California. She says she plans to talk to jurors to see how she can remold her case and she says the case will be reset for a later date.

Williams says she has not made a decision as to whether she'll take Green's mother, sister, and friend, who are also charged in relation to this case, to trial without knowing the outcome of Green's case.

We spoke with a juror afterward, and while he couldn't go on camera, he said 10 jurors thought Green was guilty of murder, while two thought he acted in self defense.
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