Cook's retrial set for autumn

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A deadlocked jury has resulted in a mistrial in the case against Ashley Cook, who is charged with the murder of 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.

Judge Robert Crigler granted the defense motion for a mistrial after the jury in the case deliberated over a four-day period.

"Of course, we are sorely disappointed with this result, but we will not allow all the work of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation or the District Attorney General's office go for naught," District Attorney General Chuck Crawford said.

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