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Judge declares mistrial for teenage suspect after beloved baseball coach's killing at West Baton Rouge bar

3 months 2 weeks 2 days ago Thursday, August 18 2022 Aug 18, 2022 August 18, 2022 9:47 PM August 18, 2022 in News
Source: WBRZ

WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH - A jury failed to reach a decision after hours of discussion Thursday for a teenager accused of killing a man outside a bar in 2021, meaning the trial will get a do-over later this year.

Ronald Campbell was 17 years old when he shot and killed Trey Allen, 21, outside Raxx Bar in West Baton Rouge Parish. The shooting happened after an altercation broke out in the parking lot.

Jurors were reportedly shown video of the shooting and spent most of Thursday discussing whether to convict Campbell in the killing. The jury ultimately could not reach a verdict, and the judge declared a mistrial. 

Prosecutors refused to release the video publicly until the case goes back to trial and a verdict is reached.

Sources told WBRZ that Allen, a beloved baseball coach from Pointe Coupee Parish, was trying to break up the fight when he was murdered.

In the days following the shooting, the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office arrested Campbell and charged him with second-degree murder. He was set to be tried as an adult.

Prosecutors plan to bring the case to trial again in November.

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