Retrial Ordered for D.C. Cop Accused of Trying to Kill Wife

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UPDATED: July 25, 2014 2:37 p.m.

LANHAM, Md. (WNEW/AP) – A new trial has been ordered for a D.C. police officer accused of trying to kill his wife.

A mistrial was declared Thursday in the case against Samson Lawrence III. Lawrence was facing several charges, including attempted murder, assault and carrying a dangerous weapon.

John Erzen, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office communications director, told WNEW that jurors could not come to an unanimous verdict after about seven hours of deliberation.

Prosecutors said that on Nov. 24, 2013, Lawrence was attempting to hang a projection television at his home in Accokeek, Maryland, when he became angry with his wife because she said she didn’t know where the screws to hang the projector were.

Lawrence then reportedly grabbed a can of Lysol and began spraying it in his wife’s face. Prosecutors say he beat her repeatedly with a metal light post – causing a deep laceration in the back of her head – and threatened her with knives when she tried to call 911.

During his trial testimony this week, Lawrence said he had been in contact with his wife. A Prince George’s County judge found Friday that Lawrence violated a protective stay-away order by sending her text messages and initiating visits.

A judge has ordered that Lawrence remain in jail without bond until a new trial begins on Nov. 17.

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