GREENWOOD – Attorneys are not saying why a Mississippi judge declared a mistrial in the case of a man charged with killing his wife.
Edward Broom was arrested in January 2016 in Manhattan, Kansas, where he had moved after his wife, Lakeyla Broom, was killed in the couple’s home in Greenwood, Mississippi, in September 2014.
The Greenwood Commonwealth reported the mistrial was declared Wednesday. The defense can seek a mistrial based on improper procedure or improper handling of evidence by prosecutors, or a mistrial can caused by jury tampering or prejudice, or jurors speaking to the media.
District Attorney Tim Jones says he will retry Edward Broom early next year.
Judge Carol White-Richard said she will decide later whether Broom can be released from jail while waiting for the second trial.
Dane Owens was charged last fall with the fatal shooting of Rowena Irani, 22, of Wichita. Irani was found shot in the head in a home in northeast Wichita and was transported to the hospital in critical condition, but died the following day. She had reportedly broken up with Owens the week before.