Mistrial Declared In Former Stephens County Deputy Case

DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) - A mistrial has been declared in the case of a former Stephens County sheriff's deputy accused of assaulting four women he allegedly targeted while on the job. Jackson County District Attorney John Wampler says the mistrial was declared Tuesday for 29-year-old Brandon Balthrop, who is charged with sexual battery, rape by instrumentation and kidnapping.

A 12-member jury was seated in the case on Monday, but Wampler says some who served on different juries last week received a survey from Stephens County officials.

Wampler says Balthrop's defense attorney, John Kee, questioned if it was proper for jurors to receive correspondence from the state. The judge then declared a mistrial. Wampler was given the case after Stephens County prosecutors recused themselves.

A new trial date has been scheduled for April.