As of Tuesday, April 16, 2013
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JONESBORO A woman awaiting trial on charges that she was involved in the murder of her mother will have to wait a little longer to have her day in court because her attorney caused a mistrial Tuesday.
Kajul Harvey, 23, is charged with several felonies, including murder, stemming from the 2011 beating death of Alena Marble. Opening arguments in her trial began Tuesday, but the trial came to an abrupt end when defense attorney Lloyd Matthews told jurors during his opening statement about an interview his client had with police.
Superior Court Judge Matthew O. Simmons had already ruled the interview could not be mentioned and he declared a mistrial when the attorney brought it up, said Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Katie Powers. She said Simmons had also denied Matthews’ motion for a speedy trial.
Harvey is facing 24 counts in connection with mother’s death and prosecutors dropped charges of felony murder and concealing a death that she was facing last week. There are still several malice and felony murder counts pending against her.
Prosecutors argue Harvey’s boyfriend, Latoris Grovner, committed the actual murder but she knew about it and did nothing to stop it. He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Staff Write Kathy Jefcoats contributed to this report