LEE CO., GA (WALB) - Prosecutors plan to re-try a man accused of robbing an elderly man and stabbing him to death in 2008. A jury failed to reach a verdict Friday.
Prosecutors and the defense lawyer all walked out Friday night wishing there had been a verdict. And both sides are now planning how to present their case again.
"You expect to have one resolved once you go through a jury trial," said Chief Assistant District Attorney Lewis Lamb.
Prosecutors are upset a Lee County jury failed to reach a verdict in a 7-year old murder case.
"It's disappointing to not get a decision. It's hard on the defendant and the defense, and it's hard on the family of the victim, and it's hard on the defendant's family, and it's hard on us," said Lamb.
Timothy French is charged with brutally stabbing 82-year old AJ Mosley in his Smithville home in 2008. French was arrested in January 2014 after his DNA was found on the pants Mosley was wearing when he died. Prosecutors say French went to rob Mosley and wound up stabbing and killing in the process--all while high on cocaine.
"I think it's a case; I think it's a case that is worthy of decision one way or the other," said Lamb.
French's lawyer maintains his client's innocence, saying French was the convenient suspect in a cold case murder.
"I was a little disappointed that it wasn't a 'not guilty' verdict, but the jury heard the case and made their decision," said defense lawyer McCaul Calhoun.
Calhoun said he will try to prevent a re-trial but is preparing to present his case with a clean slate if it heads to a jury again.
"I know my client is ready to clear his name and get this matter behind him," said Calhoun.
It's a process that has taken longer than most initially thought. Mr. Lamb hopes to retry the case in early June.
One of Mosley's daughters said she was disappointed a verdict wasn't reached after waiting more than 7 years for justice.