Jury fail to reach verdict in driving death case

Court Snatch - Jeffrey Walton. (W515A235)

Court Snatch - Jeffrey Walton. (W515A235)

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THE JURY in the trial of a driver who hit and fatally injured a midwife has failed to reach a verdict.

Jeffrey Walton, 51, of Station Road, Ryhill, stood trial at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday charged with causing the death of 36-year-old Maria Micklethewaite by careless driving on January 13, 2012.

After hours of deliberation, the jury failed to reach a majority verdict today (Wednesday).

The prosecution has seven days to apply for a re-trial.