In the murder case against 18-year-old John Katehis, there is no argument that last year’s event took place. Katehis even admits to stabbing then-47-year-old George Weber, who he met through a Craigslist ad. But did the boy intend to murder the man when a knife was introduced into a violent S&M meeting? Could the teen even be responsible for the murder when it was Weber who allegedly gave Katehis drugs and alcohol?
These are the questions that deadlocked earlier in the week, leading Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Neil Jon Firetog to declare a mistrial, according to the Brooklyn Eagle. Prior to this, jurors asked to see crime scene photos, police testimony and explanations of the terms “reasonable doubt” and “second-degree murder.” Jurors voted 11 to 1 for a conviction; the charge required a unanimous verdict.
While Katehis has requested a bail hearing and a new trial is rumored to begin as soon as next week, will the teenager get any kind of a fair trial?