Mistrial declared in Newport murder case

Joseph Perryman, seen here in a 2012 court appearance, is accused of stabbing another man to death.

NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — Despite being in the early stages of the trial, a mistrial has been declared in the case of a Newport murder suspect.

According to Associate Justice Sarah Taft-Carter, the prosecution and defense agreed to the mistrial due to circumstances unrelated to the case of Joseph Perryman.

Perryman is accused of killing 44-year-old Anthony Simmons in a Gould Street apartment in December of 2012. Police arrested the suspect moments after a 911 call was made.

Opening statements were expected to get underway next week after the jury selection was completed on Tuesday.

The jurors were excused from further service in the trial.

A new date for the trial has been scheduled for Nov. 10.

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