Deputy causes mistrial in Dorchester Co. murder case

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.

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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.

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