BLOOMINGTON— A mistrial was called Wednesday after a jury could not reach a verdict in the trial of a Normal teen charged with aggravated robbery.
The jury deliberated about four hours before informing Associate Judge Brian Goldrick they were unable to reach a unanimous decision on charges accusing a 17-year-old of robbing a Heyworth woman during an incident in March.
The jury trial was held in juvenile court; jurors were not told the defendant was underage. The Pantagraph doers not name juveniles charges with offenses.
The state's attorney's office will make a determination on whether to try the case a second time.
In his closing argument Wednesday, defense lawyer Art Feldman asked jurors to scrutinize the credibility of Lindsey Hawkey, the 20-year old alleged victim.
Hawkey testified Tuesday that the teen she had met through Snapchat asked her for a ride to Chicago Heights.
The minor brought 19-year old Kamondrae King along on the car ride, said the woman. King faces armed robbery charges related to the incident.
Hawkey told police she was threatened by the men whom she believed to be armed after they returned to Normal. She said she refused their request to be taken to Peoria, a request that came with an offer of $15,000.
The woman testified she was hit by King and the two forced her out of her car. The car was found a block away.
“You heard a lot of things that don’t make any sense,” Feldman told jurors.
No gun was found but an Airsoft gun was located by police in the suspect's home.
In her remarks, Assistant State's Attorney Samantha Vasquez said the woman picked the juvenile photos from a police line-up and described the clothes he was wearing. The teen put the woman in a potentially perilous situation, said the prosecutor.