A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the murder trial of a man accused of raping and suffocating an Eastern Michigan University student. The jury deadlocked on the third day of deliberations.
Orange Taylor III, 21, of Southfield was charged with an open count of murder, which gave the jury a choice of first- or second-degree murder, in the death of Laura Dickinson, 22, of Hastings.
The jury began deliberations Friday and continued Monday, but it told Washtenaw Chief Circuit Judge Archie Brown on Tuesday afternoon that it was hopelessly deadlocked.
Dickinson's slaying in December and a delay in informing the public about it led to the firing of university President John Fallon.