District Court Judge Michael Shubatt has denied a request for a mistrial in Isaiah Sweet’s first-degree murder trial.
“The bell was rung, but the noise was not resounding,” Shubatt said Monday morning.
Attorneys for Sweet, 18, accused of killing his grandparents in their Manchester home in May 2012, requested the mistrial after DCI Special Agent Ward Crowley testified that his examination of a computer removed from the Sweet residence found several Internet searches for information “on how to kill someone.”
Crowley said the searches were not attributed to a specific user, but also mentioned that his investigation found six images that he considered child pornography. Both the defense and prosecution had agreed prior to the trial to omit that fact.
Shubatt told jurors to strike that statement from their consideration, but the defense, claiming the statement was prejudicial to their client, moved for a mistrial.
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