ST. GEORGE, SC (WCSC) - A Dorchester County judge declared a mistrial Tuesday when a deputy on the stand mentioned the criminal history of the murder defendant, who was acting as his own lawyer.
31-year-old Donsurvi Chisolm, of Goose Creek, is charged with the 2007 murder of 20-year-old Craig Canady, found dead in a ditch off Clubhouse Road near Summerville.
According to the prosecuting attorney on the case, Russ Hilton, the judge declared a mistrial after a Dorchester County deputy mentioned Chisolm's criminal history during during cross-examination.
The mistrial was declared at 1:30 p.m. and a tentative retrial date has been scheduled for September 12.
Chisolm is also facing a murder charge out of Berkeley County, where deputies say he shot his brother and his brother's son, killing the 14-year-old Michael Chisolm. The brother, 34-year-old Dansa Chisolm, survived despite being shot in his cheek.
Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Chisolm, the murder defendant, caused the mistrial by asking an inappropriate question. Live 5 News apologizes for the error.