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Mistrial called in Mission man's Lawrence fight manslaughter case

  • Published Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at 1:34 p.m.

— A mistrial has been declared in the trial of a man accused in the death of an Iraq veteran after a fight in Lawrence.

The mistrial occurred Thursday in Douglas County in the involuntary manslaughter case against 22-year-old Justin P. Gonzalez of Mission.

Gonzalez is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the February 2012 death of 27-year-old Nicholas Sardina of Lawrence. A jury deliberated for nearly two weeks but could not reach a verdict.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports Gonzalez was accused of hitting Sardina in the head with a beer bottle at a house party, causing his death.

Sardina, originally from Clarence, N.Y., was a sergeant in the Kansas National Guard and had served three tours in Iraq from 2006 to 2007.

A status conference was scheduled for next Monday.

The Associated Press

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