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Judge declares mistrial after jury can't reach verdict in murder trial
JEFFERSON COUNTY - Judge Layne Walker has declared a mistrial in a murder case after the jury was unable to reach a decision.
Judge Walker declared the mistrial Wednesday afternoon in the case of 27-year-old Alfred Earl Durousseau of Beaumont. Testimony began Tuesday.
He's charged with murdering 50 year old Darrell Lafleur. Beaumont police found Lafleur's body in a vacant lot in the 1900 block of Verone Street near his home. Autopsy results determined Lafleur died of injuries to his head.
In court documents obtained by Fox 4 investigators say Durousseau hit Lafleur on the head with a heavy object after the two men got into an argument.
According to those documents, DNA testing confirmed that blood found on Durousseau's clothing matched Lafleur's blood.
If convicted of murder, Durousseau would face between five years and life in prison.