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Fayette election court contest ends in mistrial

Published 12:00am Saturday, September 4, 2010

FAYETTE — An election court contest between Fayette Mayor Roger King and former opponent Albert Johnson ended in a mistrial Friday.

In June 2009, King defeated Johnson in the mayoral election by 121 votes, prompting Johnson to file for a complaint and request a new election, said King’s attorney James Shannon.

Repeated attempts to reach Johnson and Johnson’s attorney, Cynthia Stewart, were unsuccessful Friday. Attempts to reach King were also unsuccessful.

Shannon said a juror in the five-day trial, which started Monday, was tainted by information “not at the fault of King or Johnson.”

Both the defense and prosecution motioned for mistrial.

Shannon said the case will be retried, but a court date has not been set.