FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): No verdict was reached in the case against Richard Niemeyer.
Niemeyer was accused of killing Kevin Weisenburger on Mothers Day morning in 1993, but it wasn’t until 2014 when the two were connected through DNA evidence. The Journal Gazette reports a jury at the Allen Superior Court could not reach a verdict after spending all day deliberating on Thursday, July 21.
The two items of focus at the murder scene was a cigarette butt and a towel. The jury learned that Niemeyer’s DNA was found on those items at the foot of the bed and inches from Weisenburger’s body. They cited the accuracy of the DNA being wrong is one-in-8-trillion.
Niemeyer couldn’t explain how the DNA got there, saying he didn’t recall ever being in the apartment where the murder happened. He also denied any sexual relationship with Weisenburger.
The Journal Gazette reports defense attorney Randy Hammond argued there was no witnesses who put the two together at any time, nor did anyone witness Niemeyer in the building at the time of the crime.
Allen Superior Judge John Surbeck set a July 28 hearing for prosecutors to decide if they’ll retry Niemeyer.