Prosecutors in Thompson trial file for retry

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 7:20 AM

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Prosecutors in the first-degree murder case of an Iowa City man formally filed Wednesday to retry the accused man after a judge declared a mistrial, according to the Associated Press.

Charles Thompson, 19, is accused in the 2009 slaying of 64-year-old John Versypt, an Iowa City landlord.

According to AP, the judge in the case declared a mistrial after prosecutors mistakenly displayed a part of a videotaped police interview with Thompson. The segment of the interview was supposed to be redacted so it did not prejudice jurors.

The new filing asks for the second trial to begin Dec. 5, according to AP.

— by Matt Starns

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