Prosecutors try fourth time to prove attempted murder against Kansas man

05/08/2014 7:04 AM

05/08/2014 7:04 AM

A 65-year-old northeast Kansas man charged with attempted murder will go on trial for a fourth time.

John Hayworth Jr., of Valley Falls, is accused of shooting William Schoonover in December 2011 over a long-simmering property dispute.

Hayworth’s first trial on a charge of attempted second-degree murder ended in a mistrial, and his next two ended in hung juries.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports a Jefferson County judge on Wednesday granted a prosecution request to try Hayworth a fourth time. The trial is scheduled for Aug. 25.

Hayworth remains free on a $50,000 bond. A spokeswoman for the Kansas Supreme Court told the newspaper it’s highly unusual for a case to be tried four times.

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