Jury unable to reach verdict in Stanley Liggins trial

WATERLOO, Iowa -- A jury was unable to reach a verdict in the Stanley Liggins trial.

On Monday, September 24, a jury in Black Hawk County Court said they were unable to make a unanimous decision in the case.

Judge Marlita Greve said the case would have to be tried again.

Liggins was accused of first-degree murder in the 1990 murder of nine-year-old Jennifer Lewis. The child’s body was found near a Davenport elementary school, in a garbage bag that had been set on fire.

Liggins was convicted of the crime twice; first in a 1993 trial in Scott County and a 1995 in Dubuque County.  Both convictions were overturned.

Testimony for Liggins' third trial began on August 30.  It continued for weeks, until the jury began deliberations on Wednesday, September 19.

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