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Mistrial in Wicomico County Murder Case

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Daequan White (Photo: WCSO) Daequan White (Photo: WCSO)

SALISBURY, Md. - The trial of Daequan White ended Thursday evening after a judge declared a mistrial because the jury could not reach a unanimous decision.

White, of Salisbury, was charged with the murder of 20-year-old James Skinner.  Skinner was killed inside a home on the 1100 block of Bryn Mawr Avenue in Salisbury on May 17, 2015.

White's trial began on Monday and lasted longer than the anticipated three days.  The state argued that White was involved in the May home invasion and held people inside the home at gunpoint during the crime.  The prosecution said another man, 19-year-old Shaquan Wallace, was the one who pulled the trigger and killed Skinner.  Wallace faces over two dozens charges, including first-degree murder and his trial is expected to begin in early April.

During the trial, witnesses in the home identified White to be one of the men involved in the home invasion.  Two other witnesses are inmates in Wicomico County who were housed with Shaquan Wallace.  They testified Wallace admitted to them that he and "Daequan" were involved.

White's defense argued the identification of White by witnesses was flawed and misremembered.  The defense also argued that Wallace said he and "Daequan" were involved but never identified that Daequan to be Daequan White.

The jury deliberated for five hours before sending the judge a note stating they were deadlocked at 8-four.  The judge urged them to deliberate further and then checked in on their progress a half hour later.  The jury foreperson told the judge that nobody was budging from their stance.

A mistrial was declared and White still remains behind bars without bail in Wicomico County.  White's re-trial has yet to be scheduled.

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