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Mistrial in Evansville man’s trial in ex-girlfriend’s killing

May 7, 2018

A southwestern Indiana judge has declared a mistrial in the trial of an Evansville man accused of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend.

Isaiah Hagan’s defense attorney sought the mistrial Friday after learning at least one juror had seen 23-year-old Hagan in a holding cell. Defense attorney Mark Phillips argued that a juror seeing Hagan in a cell could affect their perception of him.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports that a Warrick County judge declared a mistrial after interviewing three jurors about what they’d seen Thursday evening.

Hagan is charged with murder, felony murder, robbery and obstruction of justice in the April 2017 slaying of 20-year-old Halee Rathgeber. The University of Southern Indiana student’s body was found at a soccer complex. She had been shot in the head.

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