The weeklong Armed Robbery trial of Joshua Wright ended in a mistrial late Friday and looks likely to be retried in February.
Wright and his Fayette County High School classmates Armoni Strozier and Malik Miles were arrested and charged in March 2014 on three counts of Armed Robbery after they allegedly lured people on the 18th and 19th of that month with iPhone sales ads on the Craigslist website.
According to the Fayette County District Attorney’s office, the mistrial came about due to potential irregularities in communication between the jury and a bailiff during deliberation Friday afternoon.
Miles, who testified in Wright’s case last week and will have to testify in the retrial, is already serving his 12-year sentence on reduced Robbery charges after making a plea deal with the state. Following his time in prison, Miles will have to serve the balance of 20 years on probation.
Strozier, who was not yet 17 at the time of the incidents, is scheduled to be tried in Juvenile Court this month. As part of the plea deal, Miles agreed to testify in the Strozier case as well.
Wright and Miles had both turned 17 shortly before the incidents, so they were tried as adults in the case.
When Miles took the stand last week, he testified that Wright did not actually confront victims with guns as he says he and Strozier had done, but Miles told the court Wright helped in the planning of the crimes and served as a getaway car driver for the second day’s robbery.
The trial took place before Superior Court Judge Mack Crawford, who reportedly called for the mistrial. According to the Clerk of Superior Court’s office, Crawford’s next trial calendar will take place in February.