INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A jury deliberating the fate of an accused hit man for a criminal gang in Indianapolis could not come to a verdict Wednesday, causing a judge to order a mistrial.
John Means is charged with carrying out a pair of murders on the city’s north side in February 2014. Julius Douglas and Carlos Jefferson were shot dozens of times in the 3400 block of Hovey Street because they allegedly crossed Richard Grundy, head of the gang.
The defense argued Wednesday morning that the state has no murder weapon, witness, DNA or fingerprints linking Means to the murders. Prosecutors told jurors that Mean’s jailhouse calls, text messages and a letter show he killed the men.
Means also faces a trial in December for another double murder that happened days before the Hovey Street killings.
A new trial date has not been announced at this time.
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