Mistrial in Former Pine Lawn Police Officer’s Assault Case

ST. LOUIS (AP) –  A mistrial has been declared in the trial of a former police officer who allegedly punched a man outside a downtown St. Louis bar.

Prosecutors say Steven Blakeney, 36, was off-duty as a Pine Lawn officer when he beckoned three women to his unmarked police car early Sept. 4, 2014, saying they were too drunk to drive. A friend of the women told jurors he confronted Blakeney and was punched in the mouth something Blakeney denies.

Blakeney has since been fired. He faces federal prison time in an unrelated conspiracy case, and allegations that he drugged and abducted two women.

Jurors deadlocked on the misdemeanor assault case. It wasn’t clear if prosecutors planned to seek a retrial.

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