Starke Circuit Court Trial Ends with Hung Jury

The jury trial in the case of Billy Coldiron in Starke Circuit Court ended in a mistrial.

Coldiron had been charged with five counts of Serious Violent Felon in Possession of a Firearm after an incident in 2011 when officers from several police departments reportedly found him to be in possession of several pistols and long weapons during the execution of a search warrant at a home in North Judson.

The trial began Wednesday afternoon with the selection of a jury, and evidence and testimony lasted most of the day on Thursday. Closing arguments were heard Thursday night around 5:52 p.m. and the jury entered into deliberations around 7:17 p.m. Deliberations lasted until about 11:15 p.m. when the jury found Coldiron not guilty on count three, Serious Violent Felon in Possession of a Firearm, but could not reach a unanimous decision on the remaining counts.

This case will be set for a status hearing.