Mistrial Declared for Suspect in Murder Case of Halee Rathgeber

A southwestern Indiana judge has declared a mistrial in the trial of a man accused of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend.

Isaiah Hagan’s defense attorney sought the mistrial Friday after learning that at least one  juror had seen the 23-year-old Hagan in a holding cell.

Defense attorney Mark Phillips argued that a juror seeing Hagan in a cell could affect their  perception of him.

A Warrick County judge declared a mistrial after interviewing three jurors about what  they’d seen Thursday evening.

Hagan is charged with murder, felony murder, robbery and obstruction of justice in the  April 2017 slaying of 20-year-old Halee Rathgeber.

The University of Southern Indiana student’s body was found at a soccer complex. She had been shot in the head.

 

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