HILTON HEAD ISLAND (AP) — A mistrial has been declared in the murder trial of a man charged with shooting a man at a Beaufort County boat landing two years ago.
The Island Packet of Hilton Head reported that Jerry Lamont Scantling was on trial in the death of 52-year Leonard Green in May of 2010.
Circuit Judge John Hayes declared a mistrial Wednesday after one juror told him that her religious beliefs prevented her from rendering a guilty verdict in a murder case. An alternate juror also told the judge he had once worked with the victim at Hilton Head Hospital.
A new trial date has not been set.
Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty against Scantling.