Mistrial Declared In Brady Case
The trial for a Laramie man accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl has been declared a mistrial. Judge Jeffrey Donnell declared the mistrial in Albany County District Court Friday afternoon after the jury notified the court that they could not come to a decision in the trial of Brett Brady.
The trial began Wednesday, June 4 with Kurt Britzius as the prosecuting attorney and Vaughn Neubauer for the defense. The jury went into deliberations early Thursday afternoon. According to court officials, the jury notified the court at 12:44 p.m. on Friday that they felt they could not make a decision. Judge Donnell gave the jury an Allen charge, which is an encouragement to re-examine the evidence and try to make another attempt at a decision. At 4:25 p.m. on Friday the jury again notified the court that they were, in fact, deadlocked. At that point Judge Donnell declared it a mistrial.
Brady was accused of detaining a girl for over six hours and sexually assaulting her while on his shift as a security guard at Wyoming Technical Institute. According to an affidavit released by Albany County District Court, Brady was accused of keeping the girl with him after she was unable to provide proof that she was over 18 years of age. Per the school’s policy, minor females are not allowed on campus. Rather than call police, the affidavit says that he kept the girl with him and took her out on his patrols.
During one of those patrols, he is accused of telling the girl he worked for the secret service and then searched her for a wire by feeling her entire body. He allegedly then made the girl feel him for a wire. He was charged with kidnapping, felonious restraint, and sexual assault of a minor in the fourth degree.
Britzius and Neubauer will meet with Judge Donnell next week to discuss the future of the case.