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ARCHIVE STORY: Mistrial declared in Elias Wanatee trial after hung jury

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -

The judge in the Elias Wanatee murder trial has declared a hung jury. 

After 11 hours of deliberation, the members of the jury informed the judge they could not reach a unanimous verdict. 

The jurors told the judge that they wouldn't be able to reach a unanimous decision in the trial even if they were given more time.    

Forty-seven-year-old Wanatee was charged with 1st Degree Murder in the February 17 stabbing death of 50-year-old Vernon Mace.

Other than not guilty, the lowest charge that the jury could have convicted Wanatee of was assault. 

The highest would have been first-degree murder.

The new trial date for Wanatee is scheduled for February 28. 
 

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