Mistrial declared in Sunset Hills mayor's trial - KMOV.com

Mistrial declared in Sunset Hills mayor's trial

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- The trial for Sunset Hills mayor Mark Furrer, who was accused of intentionally striking a bicyclist last year with his car, abruptly ended in a mistrial Thursday.

The mistrial was granted shortly after Furrer took the stand. The prosecution and defense team met with the judge for several minutes before the judge declared that mistrial.

Furrer was accused of intentionally cyclist Randy Murdick on Old Gravois Road in South County in July, 2014.

At the time, Murdick said he yelled back at the mayor as he forced him off the road. Murdick said Furrer then took off and stopped at a nearby turnoff.

"He literally just swerved," Murdick said.

Furrer said he yelled at Murdick but only because he claims Murdick ran a stop sign. Furrer told News 4 he did not bump Murdick or force him off the road and added Murdick was the aggressor in the confrontation.

"I should not have yelled at him," Furrer said in 2014. "I did not run him off the road."

The mistrial was declared shortly after there were discussions about a settlement in a civil suit that Murdick had filed, though it's unclear what precisely triggered the mistrial. 

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch called the decision a "tragedy," saying the ruling was wrong. Prosecutors plan to retry the case. 

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