ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A mistrial has been declared in the murder trial of former Cornell student Charles Tan after a jury spent eight days trying to reach a verdict, reports say.
Charles Tan, 20, was accused of fatally shooting his father, Liang “Jim” Tan, in February.
Time Warner Cable News is reporting that jurors were to allowed to consider a lesser charge than second-degree murder, which Tan was originally charged with about 12 hours after the Feb. 9 murder.
Judge James Piampiano said Thursday morning that the jury can be dismissed after deliberating for so much time without coming to a decision, WXXI News says.
Tan is scheduled to reappear in court Nov. 5 when the prosecution can opt to try the case again, the report states.
Police say they found Charles Tan and his mother, Quig “Jean” Tan, in the driveway of their home at 37 Coach Side Lane in the town of Pittsford while responding to reports of a shooting at the residence.
During closing arguments, Tan’s lawyer said Quig “Jean” Tan was the person with the most motive to kill her husband, reports say.
The jury asked to see all photos from the crime scene, the gun used in the shooting and evidence that was presented at trial during their deliberations.