A man who went on trial accused of a double murder in Launceston has been granted bail following jurors failed to attain a verdict.
David Ronald Morgan, 56, of Lalor in Victoria, had pleaded not guilty to the murders of Angela Hallam and Joshua Newman in Ravenswood in August 2012.
Soon after 11 hours of deliberations, jurors said they had been unable to reach a verdict and were discharged this morning.
The crown alleged Morgan was component of a joint enterprise with Marco Daniel Rusterholz to bash Ms Hallam, and he should have foreseen that Rusterholz would murder the pair.
Morgan’s lawyers argued Rusterholz’s acted independently and Morgan could not have foreseen his actions.
In Might, Rusterholtz was sentenced to 45 years in prison for murdering the couple who he stabbed and then set on fire.
Morgan had been in custody since September 2012.
Topics: courts-and-trials, murder-and-manslaughter