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Judge declares mistrial after murder suspect beaten

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis judge has declared a mistrial in a murder case, after the defendant was beaten in a holding cell by another inmate who apparently knew one of the victims in the case.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 28-year-old Jimmy Davis Love-El of St. Louis was on trial on two counts each of first-degree murder and armed criminal action, accused in the fatal shooting of two men in 2009.

A spokesman for the St. Louis Sheriff’s Department says Love-El was in a cell at the city Justice Center Wednesday morning, waiting to be taken to court, when the beating occurred. Love-El suffered two black eyes, bumps and bruises.

His attorney asked Judge Thomas Grady for a mistrial, and the judge agreed.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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