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Hampton Will Face New Trial in Police Chase Case


St. Louis – A St. Louis man will be retried on a charge of killing a St. Louis police officer during a police pursuit of a stolen car last year.

That decision comes after a judge declared a mistrial on that charge Friday.

A St. Louis jury says it was unable to reach a verdict on a murder charge against Deon Hampton.

The jury did find him guilty of a second count, resisting a lawful stop.

Nineteen-year-old Hampton was the alleged driver of a stolen car in August 2002, when two police officers gave chase.

The police cruiser collided with a van, killing one of the officers, and injuring another.

Prosecutors say because Hampton was committing a felony when the officer died, it's a case of murder.

Police have said the teenagers were part of a gang that stole more than 30 cars.