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Saturday, October 05, 2019 1:00 am

December retrial set in murder case

Hung jury ended 1st trial in slaying outside tavern

JIM CHAPMAN | The Journal Gazette

A retrial has been set for December for a Merrillville man whose murder trial was declared a mistrial because of a hung jury last week.

Quentin Stewart, 29, will stand trial Dec. 3 to 5 in Allen Superior Court. He is charged with murder, accused of shooting Codi McCann to death as he sat in the passenger seat of a car parked Dec. 6, 2016, at State Bar and Grill on East State Boulevard, just east of Crescent Avenue.

Stewart also faces a sentencing enhancement for using a gun to commit the crime after police said they found his DNA on the murder weapon – a .45-caliber handgun. Prosecutors said the shooting was part of a “drug rip” – a botched robbery over drugs.

During last week's trial, Stewart admitted shooting McCann. Stewart's lawyer, Aaron Stoll, argued the shots were fired in self-defense.

Jurors deliberated for over 10 hours before Judge Fran Gull declared a mistrial because they could not reach a verdict. Stewart faces up to 85 years in prison if convicted.

jchapman@jg.net