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Judge declares mistrial in Gardiner murder trial

Justice Michaela Murphy on Wednesday declared a mistrial for Dylan Ketcham, accused of killing one friend and attacking the other with a machete.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A superior court judge on Wednesday declared a mistrial in the case of a Gardiner man accused of killing one man and attacking another with a machete.

Justice Michaela Murphy made the ruling after jurors saw video from body cameras of Gardiner police with two victims, the Kennebec Journal reported. 

Jurors had not been asked whether such video would affect their ability to make an impartial decision.

Ketcham, 23, is charged with murder, attempted murder, and elevated aggravated assault. 

Prosecutors said he shot 22-year-old Jordan Johnson, who died days later, and attacked Caleb Trudeau with a Bowie knife in January 2020.

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