DECATUR, Ga. -- A DeKalb County judge declared a mistrial in the corruption trial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis after the jury could not come to a unanimous decision.
Judge Courtney Johnson issued an Allen charge Monday to jurors. An Allen charge, also known as a "dynamite charge," is a final legal mandate to the jurors to reach a verdict.
Still, jurors were unable to come to a unanimous decision after 11 days of deliberating. The jury sent several notes to the judge explaining their troubles in coming to a conclusion on the 13 counts.
On Tuesday, the jury once again told the judge that they could not come to a conclusion, and the judge declared a mistrial.