Judge Declares Second Mistrial in Brock Murder Trial

By: Cameron Taylor Email
By: Cameron Taylor Email
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PANAMA CITY - A Bay County judge declared a second mistrial after a jury couldn't come to a unanimous decision Friday in the trial of a Fountain man accused of first degree murder.

55 year old Philip Dean Brock is accused of shooting, stabbing, and beating 65 year old Terry Brazil last December at his mobile home off Highway 167.

His first trial in September ended with a hung jury and Judge Brantley Clark declaring a mistrial.

During the second trial, the state presented new evidence and unlike the first trial, Brock did not testify this time.

Jurors sent two messages to the judge Friday evening when deliberating.

One was a request for a dictionary, which Judge Clark denied. The other was a request to hear Brock's recorded statement to sheriff's investigators shortly after Brazil's murder.

Prosecutors claim Brock killed Brazil to shell about $12,000 worth of silver coins, some guns, and a gold Cadillac.

After nearly eight hours, jurors came to an impasse. Judge Clark then told them they would have to continue deliberating and if they came to an impasse again, he would formally declare a mistrial.

At nearly midnight, Judge Clark declared a second mistrial in the case after jurors came to another impasse.

Prosecutors say they will pursue the case for a third time. A pre-trial date has not been determined yet, but is expected to be set for early next year.

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