Defense attorney Paul Pfingst and Julie Harper, October 1, 2014
Julie Harper was declared not guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband Jason, in court today, October 1, 2014. The defendant’s parents, John and Donna Cihak, were in the courtroom to hug their daughter after the verdict was announced.
Judge Blaine Bowman declared a mistrial on the remaining possible degrees of homicide, second-degree murder or manslaughters.
The judge set a court date of October 15 to consider dismissing the remaining charges or to possibly to set a date for new trial.
Julie Harper remains at liberty on bond, and presumably will return to her home on Badger Lane – the same place where her husband was found dead of a single gunshot wound on August 7, 2012.
Before they were excused, jurors were questioned by Judge Bowman. The jury foreman told the judge that they took at least ten different votes since they began deliberating two days ago.
The jury foreman said their most recent vote counts were: nine to three favoring not guilty on the second-degree murder charge; seven to five favoring guilty of voluntary manslaughter; and seven to five favoring guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
Prosecutor Keith Watanabe declined comment after court was adjourned.