Mistrial declared in killing of Washington Park's mayor - KMOV.com

Mistrial declared in killing of Washington Park's mayor

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A southwestern Illinois prosecutor says he'll retry a man accused in a village mayor's shooting death now that a judge has declared a mistrial after a key witness changed her testimony.
  
The Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/ofath4) reports that the witness testified Wednesday during Aaron Jackson's Madison County trial that she didn't talk to a certain investigator at the scene of the 2010 killing of Washington Park Mayor John Thornton Sr.
  
Saying she'd been threatened about offering testimony, she collapsed in court and was hospitalized. By Thursday, she changed her story, saying she had talked to the investigator at the scene of the shooting.
  
The witness has testified she saw Jackson emerge from Thornton's car after Thornton was shot in it.
  
Jackson has pleaded not guilty.
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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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