Dallas_A judge has declared a mistrial for most former leaders of a Muslim charity charged with financing Middle Eastern terrorists. U.S. District Judge A. Joe Fish's decision came after jurors failed to reach a verdict.
The outcome came about an hour after a confusing scene in the courtroom, in which three former leaders of the group were initially found not guilty. But when jurors were polled, three said the verdicts were read incorrectly.
In all, the Richardson-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development and five of its former leaders were accused of providing aid to the Palestinian militant group Hamas. The U.S. Government designated Hamas a terrorist group in 1995 and again in 1997, making financial transactions with the group illegal.
One defendant, former Foundation Chairman Mohammed El-Mezain, was acquitted of most charges.
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The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking for witnesses to an officer-involved shooting south of Bristow, after a police chase down State Highway 48. According to the OSBI, Shawn Dale Sexton opened fire on a Bristow police officer as he was driving away from a shooting he'd just committed in Slick. As he was speeding down the highway, he also shot at a truck driving by.
Officials in Seminole County are working to identify someone after finding a dead man on the side of the road. That was near Cromwell. Authorities were alerted to the body after someone called On-Star, who then called 911. The man was found just past a bridge. The Seminole County Sheriff says they are investigating it right now as a homicide.