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Jury deadlocks in Terrell Cole murder trial

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at 12:54 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at 3:43 p.m.

A 21/2-week first-degree murder trial ended without a full resolution Wednesday when a jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on all but the least serious crime.

After deliberating over parts of three days, the jury convicted Terrell Cole of one felony count of tampering with electronic monitoring equipment for removing an ankle bracelet that he was supposed to be wearing because of traffic charges.

The jury was unable to reach verdicts on charges of first-degree murder, attempted aggravated robbery, aggravated intimidation of a witness and criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied dwelling.

Defense lawyer Richard Ney said the deliberations were split 9-3 in favor of acquittal on those charges.

Cole, 32, was charged with killing Andre Lovett while the men were trying to rob people in a house at 1822 N. Minneapolis on Jan. 19, 2011. As two of the victims ran from the scene, Wichita police said, Cole fired a shot that hit Lovett in the abdomen. He died the next day. Witnesses said someone driving Cole’s van left Lovett at Wesley Medical Center shortly after the shooting.

Cole also was charged with firing several shots into a house in the 2600 block of North Madison, where two of the witnesses were staying on Jan. 24, 2011.

Some of the key evidence at the trial came from former basketball standout Korleone Young, who was in the house at the time of the robbery. Prosecutors told the jury that Young identified Cole as the shooter during a police interview when he picked up a mug-shot lineup with six pictures and folded it in such a way that only Cole’s face was left showing.

Young was unable to identify Cole in court, and he told the jury that his handling of the mug-shot lineup was not meant as an identification of Cole.

A new trial date has not been set.

Reach Hurst Laviana at 316-268-6499 or hlaviana@wichitaeagle.com.

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