Butler murder trial - jury fails to reach verdict
TWO men accused of carrying out the contract killing of wheelclamper Charles Butler, could face a retrial after a jury failed to reach verdicts on Friday. Douglas Johnson, 29, and friend David Austin, 42, allegedly murdered the 50-year-old, who was shot o
TWO men accused of carrying out the contract killing of wheelclamper Charles Butler, could face a retrial after a jury failed to reach verdicts on Friday.
Douglas Johnson, 29, and friend David Austin, 42, allegedly murdered the 50-year-old, who was shot outside his home in Green Lane, Dagenham, on November 13, 2004.
He remained in a coma until he died on June 23, 2005.
CCTV cameras showed the killers' red Mazda driving up and down the road before Mr Butler returned at around midnight.
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As he parked his vehicle, a gunman approached and opened fire.
Johnson and Austin both denied murder.
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Following a seven-week trial at the Old Bailey the jury was deadlocked after more than 24 hours of deliberations.
Judge David Paget QC discharged the jury, telling them: "I think it is fruitless to ask you to continue."
The prosecution will decide next month whether or not to go ahead with a retrial.
Austin and Johnson, both of New Addington, Surrey, were remanded in custody.