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Hung Jury Declared In Grisham Gun Rights Trial

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The jury in the gun rights trial of Fort Hood Master Sergeant Christopher Grisham was deadlocked in deciding its verdict, and the judge has declared a hung jury in the case.

After 17 hours of deliberations, the jury was ultimately unable to find Grisham guilty or innocent of the charge of interfering with police duties after he refused to hand over a rifle to a police officer this past Spring.

Dozens of Grisham's supporters and pro gun rights activists stood in solidarity outside the courtroom awaiting a verdict in the case, and after the decision was announced, Grisham shared what he felt the jury's ruling ultimately meant for his case.

"I think my attorneys proved that while we were out there that day that no crime had been committed," Grisham said. "I think they proved that the officers had stepped outside their authority, and the jury saw that, and they couldn't come to a conclusion as to whether I was guilty of a crime. To me, that means I'm not guilty of a crime."

Throughout the duration of the trial, supporters of the Temple Police Department and the officers involved in the incident were also present in the courthouse with many taking to Officer Steve Ermis' Facebook page to post supportive messages backing the prosecution's case.

When Grisham spoke out regarding the jury's decision, he also said that he is not opposed to a retrial, and that he has the full support of his attorneys and defense team if he were to choose to fight the charge again in the future.

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