Valparaiso man's murder trial in wife's death ends in hung jury

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VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A murder trial for a northwestern Indiana man accused of killing his wife has ended with a hung jury.

Thirty-five-year-old Steven Lindsey is charged with one count of murder in the Jan. 16 shooting death of 23-year-old Melinda Lindsey. Prosecutors allege he shot his wife because he feared she would leave him and then made up a story about a break-in at their home near Valparaiso.

The (Munster) Times reports that deliberations ended Thursday with seven jurors believing Lindsey is guilty, three thought he was not guilty and two were undecided, but leaning toward not guilty.

The judge scheduled a hearing next Wednesday to look into the question of bond for Lindsey and to see whether prosecutors want to retry the case.

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