UPDATE: Mistrial felt like a "punch in the stomach" for murder v - KTIV News 4 Sioux City IA: News, Weather and Sports

UPDATE: Mistrial felt like a "punch in the stomach" for murder victim's mom

Tucson, AZ (KTIV) - A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of an Arizona man charged with killing a Sioux City-native.

Bryan Lee is charged with first-degree murder, robbery and kidnapping in the death of 21-year-old Jordan Peterson. But, on Tuesday, the judge in the case declared a mistrial after a witness changed his testimony.

The Arizona Daily Star newspaper reported the judge declared the mistrial after learning Tyler Brown had changed his story to indicate Bryan Lee had confessed to participating the Peterson's murder. Brown, who testified in exchange for his guilty plea to a lesser charge, was expected to say that he didn't know if Lee killed Peterson.

Peterson's mother, Lisa Jasman, who was in the courtroom for the trial, says the mistrial felt like "someone punched her in the stomach.". Lisa Jasman, Victim's Mother said, "It was overwhelming because I expected to fly home with some closure. And, when I fly home on Monday there still won't be closure."

But, Jasman says the mistrial will only make the state's case against Bryan Lee stronger. Lisa Jasman, Victim's Mother said, "From my understanding, he has more details of the murder than he originally shared. He know the hows, the whats, and the whys. And, I'd like to hear what he had to say before I fly home."

A hearing is scheduled for next Monday, in Arizona, to talk about setting a new trial date.

Jordan Peterson disappeared in November of 2011. His remains were later found in the desert.
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