Retrial planned for man in Fort Wayne triple slaying

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A retrial is planned after a jury failed to reach a verdict in the triple slaying trial of a 19-year-old Fort Wayne man.

The jury deliberated for more than eight hours earlier this month before telling a judge they couldn’t reach a verdict in the trial of Artavius Richards. Prosecutors plan to retry the case in Allen Superior Court and a Jan. 30 trial date was set Monday.

Prosecutors say the Feb. 24 slayings were a robbery gone wrong. Police say Darrell McDaniel shot one man and Richards fired 15 rounds, killing two others. Shot dead were 23-year-old Mohamedtaha Omar, 20-year-old Adam K. Mekki and 17-year-old Muhannad A. Tairab.

Richards and McDaniel were each charged with three counts of murder and other charges. McDaniel’s trial is set for late March.