SOMERVILLE, N.J. — For the second time this year, a mistrial has been declared in the case of two brothers accused of killing a third man over a game of dice.
The latest mistrial came Monday after a Somerset County jury couldn’t reach a verdict on the murder charges against Antwan and Zaire Cromedy. County prosecutors plan to retry the brothers, but the judge overseeing the case suggested both sides should seek a plea deal.
Prosecutors say Antwan began arguing with Eric Andrews Jr. inside a Somerset barbershop in December 2013. Andrews, known as Little Eric or E-9, had been acting as the “bank” in the game.
Prosecutors say Antwan told Zaire to “pop” Andrews after the victim’s father tried to intervene. But defense lawyers say the case is based mainly on inconsistent testimonies from witnesses.
The first mistrial came in May.