Judge declares mistrial in Norfolk Rite Aid shooting case

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 28 at 6:21 AM

UPDATE 2/27 12:30 p.m.:  A judge declared a mistrial Thursday afternoon after the jury could not come to a decision.  The judge said he understood and called it a "difficult case." A new trial date has not yet been set.

UPDATE 2/27 11:45 p.m.:  The jury continued deliberating Thursday morning and they are reportedly having a tough time making a decision. The judge had them watch the surveillance video again.
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NORFOLK -- Wednesday was the third day of the trial for Bernell Benn, the suspect accused of shooting a Norfolk man inside a Rite Aid in 2012.

A 13-member jury watched surveillance video of a confrontation between Benn and 42-year-old Ramon Colorado Jr inside the pharmacy.

13News Now has obtained a copy of the surveillance for the first time.

Watch video here  
WARNING: 13News Now has decided to show only the confrontation that led up to the shooting.

Norfolk police say the shooting was sparked when Benn accusing the victim of breaking in line at the pharmacy counter.

Police say Colorado went up to the counter and got in line behind a customer, prompting Benn, who was also in line, to accuse him of cutting in line.

The video shows the men exchanging words and then Colorado uses pepper spray on Benn, at which point, Benn pulls a gun and fires at Colorado. 

Bernell’s attorney is arguing his client killed Colorado in self defense. However, prosecutors claim Benn did not need to kill Colorado in order to save his own life.

Jurors deliberated Wednesday afternoon, but couldn't come to a decision.  Jury deliberations will resume Thursday at 9 a.m.

Stay with 13News Now and WVEC.com for the latest developments.

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