Judge declares mistrial in downtown Charleston murder case

Judge declares mistrial in downtown Charleston murder case

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A mistrial was declared Tuesday shortly after a trial began for a man accused of a downtown fatal shooting two years ago, according to the solicitor's office.

Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson confirmed a judge declared a mistrial in the case of 26-year-old Tyrel Rashad Collins, accused of shooting and killing 24-year-old Solomon Chisolm on Oct. 27, 2011, at the Mall Park playground on Columbus Street.

The judge declared a mistrial following the defense attorney's opening statements, in which he characterized Chisolm as a notorious killer in the neighborhood, according to the Post and Courier.

A new trial date has not yet been set in the case, according to court records.

Court documents state Collins approached Chisolm while he was playing cards with three other people. Colllins then got into an argument with the victim and pulled out a handgun. Witnesses told police that's when Collins fired the gun about five times at Chisolm, hitting him multiple times.

Collins has remained behind bars at the Charleston County Detention Center since his arrest just after the shooting.

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The Post and Courier contributed to this report.