ALEXANDRIA (AP) A jury has deadlocked and a mistrial has been declared in a Northern Virginia murder case in which the defendant said he thought his victim was a werewolf.
The Alexandria Circuit Court judge dismissed the jurors March 27 after three days of deliberations in the trial of 34-year-old Pankaj Bhasin, WRC-TV reported.
Bhasin was charged with murder in the July 13 death of 65-year-old Bradford Jackson, who managed a window store in Old Town Alexandria. His neck was broken and he was stabbed more than 50 times with a box cutter.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed Bhasin was mentally ill, but prosecutors disputed Bhasin was legally insane.
Bhasin’s lawyers said their client was suffering delusions after checking out of a mental hospital near his New Jersey home.