A convoluted trail of litigation stemming from a false sexual assault accusation and arrest at Agnes Scott College more than seven years ago took another detour last week, when reports that a juror had been communicating with a policeman friend about the case spurred a mistrial.

Jurors had been out for nearly two days and had twice declared themselves deadlocked when a juror sent a note to DeKalb County State Court Judge Johnny Panos concerning the purported communications, said defense attorney David Ladner.

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