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JURY FAILS TO REACH VERDICT IN WANATEE TRIAL

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AFTER ELEVEN HOURS OF DELIBERATIONS, THE JURY IN THE TRIAL OF A SIOUX CITY MAN ACCUSED OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER HAS FAILED TO REACH A VERDICT IN THE CASE.

JUDGE DUANE HOFFMEYER SAYS A HUNG JURY HAS BEEN DECLARED IN THE TRIAL OF ELIAS WANATEE AS JURORS INFORMED HIM THEY COULD NOT REACH A UNANIMOUS VERDICT.

WANATEE IS CHARGED IN THE FATAL STABBING OF 50 YEAR OLD VERNON MACE OUTSIDE OF A WEST 1ST STREET HOME ON FEBRUARY 7TH.

MACE WAS STABBED NINE TIMES IN THE ALTERCATION.

ATTORNEYS AND THE JUDGE MUST NOW SET A DATE FOR A NEW TRIAL.

WANATEE WILL REMAIN IN CUSTODY IN THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL UNTIL THEN.