LANSING - A jury that deliberated for over two days told a judge it was deadlocked, and a mistrial has been declared in the trial of a man accused of helping to fatally beat to death a man outside a bar in downtown Lansing. Austin Smith had been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Travis Peterson outside of the Brannigan Brothers Tavern on Washington Square in the early morning hours of January 1, 2012.
The trial began May 28th. Jurors began deliberating last Thursday afternoon, but by late Monday afternoon they could still not reach a verdict. Judge Jim Jamo declared a mistrial. It is now up to the prosecutor's office to decide if they will attempt to retry the case.
Donald Suttle, Jr. was convicted in December of 2012 of second-degree murder for his role in Travis Peterson's beating death. Peterson, who was 30-years-old, suffered brain injuries as a result of the beating, and died two days later.