Judge declares mistrial after murder suspect escapes
PLAQUEMINE - A judge declared a mistrial today in the trial of a murder suspect who escaped from the Iberville Parish Courthouse and was quickly caught.
The trial for Akeem Gailes, 27, was underway when deputies said he escaped from his holding cell at the courthouse. He's accused of shooting and killing a man at the Plaquemine Mardi Gras parade last year.
Deputies quickly recaptured Gailes, according to the sheriff.
Prosecutors have 24 hours to appeal the decision, and the jury is being held during that time.
Deputies arrested Gailes in 2012 after they said he shot and killed Dwayne Smith of White Castle during Plaquemine's Mardi Gras parade. They said Gailes and Smith had a fight before the shooting.
Concerns after the shooting led to the cancellation of the White Castle Mardi Gras parade for the first time in 15 years.
News 2 crews are on the scene and will have more details starting at 4 p.m.
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