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Mistrial declared in Ross murder case

Friday, July 18, 2008

SHELBYVILLE -- A deadlocked jury caused a mistrial Friday in the murder case against Ashley Cook, who is charged with shooting Bill Ross.

Cook, 23, is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder in the Feb. 14, 2007, murder of Ross, a Shelbyville car salesman who moved there with his wife Kimberly from Lewisburg after living here a number of years.

Judge Robert Crigler granted the defense motion for a mistrial just before noon Friday after the jury in the case deliberated during a four-day period.

A mistrial declaration does not mean charges are dismissed. Cook may be tried again with a different jury.

Pick up a copy of our next edition on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 for the entire story.