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Juror shortage prompts mistrial in West Ashley murder case

Jesse James Murphy, left, and Kathryn Keener, right. Jesse James Murphy, left, and Kathryn Keener, right.
WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) -

A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the case against a man accused of killing a Charleston woman and dumping her body in a West Ashley swamp.

Jesse James Murphy was on trial for just one day in the murder of Kathryn Keener. The trial began Monday with jury selection, but on Tuesday the judge declared a mistrial because of juror shortage.

One juror told the judge she could not handle the case emotionally and judge another person.

Another juror was dismissed after it came to light that the juror was related to one of the staff members in the solicitor's office.

Wilson says she plans to retry the case.

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