Mistrial Declared in St. Louis Fatal Shooting Case

ST. LOUIS (AP/KMOX) — A St. Louis judge declared a mistrial after jurors were unable to agree on a verdict in the case of a man accused of fatally shooting a homeless man five years ago.

Circuit Judge James Sullivan ended Willie Robertson’s trial on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action. It wasn’t immediately clear if prosecutors planned to retry Robertson.

Authorities allege he shot and killed 53-year-old Archie Lee McElroy in September 2012. Robertson testified this week that he shot McElroy in self-defense while working as a security guard at a downtown church that serves the homeless.

Robertson insisted McElroy threatened to kill him at the church a week earlier after he kicked McElroy out for being drunk and belligerent.

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