Portsmouth murder trial ends in a mistrial

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – A murder trial in Portsmouth ended in a mistrial.

Anthony Worlds is accused of shooting Elbert Brown Jr. at a party in October 2018.

Wednesday evening, the jury told the judge they could not reach a verdict. The jury was hung, forcing a mistrial.

Worlds will get a new trial now.

Worlds’s defense attorney said Thursday he thought the first trial was fair, and that they’re looking forward to another — also fair — one.

The attorney said the judge wanted the new trial date set by next Thursday, Dec. 12.

During his trial this week, Worlds took the stand and claimed he did not shoot Brown. He did admit that he lied to detectives, initially telling them he was not at the house party. Worlds explained that he was nervous when police showed up to his house armed.

The trial included emotional testimony from the woman who was hosting the party where the shooting happened. Charisse Mills and Brown were childhood friends. She recounted the moments leading up to her close friend’s death.

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