Bremen man’s 3rd trial in shooting of neighbor ends in mistrial

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CULLMAN, Ala. – Jack Harold Wilson, 74, of Bremen this week made his third trial appearance in the shooting of his neighbor, with the case ending in a mistrial for a second time.  

Wilson’s first trial ended in a mistrial when he reported a medical issue, and he was subsequently hospitalized.  He was acquitted of attempted murder in the second trial, but deliberations ended in a hung jury on the assault charge.

The third trial, which included the assault charge, got underway Monday afternoon, but an early prosecution witness inadvertently made reference to the previous trial, which was not permitted.  A mistrial was declared, and the case was ordered to be rescheduled for a later date which has not been specified.

Wilson was arrested in May 2015 on charges stemming from a shooting at his home on Cold Springs Road (County Road 109) in Bremen.  Wilson shot neighbor John Bentley during a dispute over a property line, claiming self-defense and saying that Bentley had attempted to run over him with the tractor he was driving at the time of the altercation.

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W.C. Mann

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