LAWRENCE, Kansas — A mistrial has been declared in the trial of a man accused in the death of an Iraq veteran after a fight in Lawrence.
The mistrial occurred Thursday in Douglas County in the involuntary manslaughter case against 22-year-old Justin P. Gonzalez of Mission.
Gonzalez is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the February 2012 death of 27-year-old Nicholas Sardina of Lawrence. The jury began deliberating the case Tuesday but could not reach a verdict.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/1cE0cvk ) Gonzalez was accused of hitting Sardina in the head with a beer bottle at a house party, causing his death.
Sardina, originally from Clarence, New York, was a sergeant in the Kansas National Guard and had served three tours in Iraq from 2006 to 2007.
A status conference was scheduled for next Monday.
Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com