BROOKLYN - A judge has declared a mistrial in the murder case of a Brooklyn teenager accused of stabbing radio reporter George Weber.
After three days of deliberations, jurors said they were deadlocked on a verdict for 18-year-old John Katehis, who allegedly stabbed Weber more than 50 times in his Carroll Gardens home in March 2009. Officials say 11 jurors believe Katehis should have been found guilty, but one juror was stuck on whether or not the teen had intended to kill the reporter. Prosecutors say Weber met Katehis, who was 16 at the time, through a Craigslist ad the teen posted offering sex for money. The defense argued Weber preyed on an underage, money-desperate boy and that the stabbings were in self-defense.
A new defense lawyer and prosecutor will be taking over when the case goes back to court.
Katehis' lawyer is seeking a bail hearing to get the teen out of jail until the next trial begins.
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