Originally created 11/02/00

Judge rules mistrial in 1999 slaying case



A judge declared a mistrial Wednesday morning in the case of an Augusta man accused of murder.

It was the second day of Michael Kidd's trial in Richmond County Superior Court, where he had pleaded not guilty to charges of felony murder, malice murder and the use of a firearm during the commission of a crime in the Sept. 17, 1999, shooting death of Ronald Davenport.

Mr. Davenport, 23, died of a gunshot wound inflicted after a confrontation with Mr. Kidd in the American Legion parking lot on Highland Avenue.

The prosecution contends Mr. Kidd was angry at Mr. Davenport and shot the unarmed man in the back. The defense contends Mr. Davenport was shot with his own gun after the two men struggled for control of the weapon.

Mr. Kidd, 26, has been held in jail without bond since his arrest. He will be retried on the charges.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Carlson and defense attorney Peter Johnson refused to discuss the reason for Wednesday's mistrial. Chief Judge William M. Fleming Jr., who presided over the trial, was not available for comment late Wednesday.

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