JACKSON, Miss. — The Latest on the trial of a Mississippi district attorney (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

Jurors have acquitted the district attorney of Mississippi’s largest county of charges that he hindered prosecution of a drug defendant.

The jury found Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith not guilty Tuesday of two counts of conspiring to hinder prosecution and one count of unlawfully providing advice to a criminal defendant.

Local media report the verdict came less than two hours after jurors had told a judge they were deadlocked 10-2 on all counts.

Judge Larry Roberts had told jurors to keep talking. Smith’s first trial ended in a hung jury in January.

The attorney general’s office prosecuted Smith on charges that he illegally intervened to get drug charges dismissed against Christopher Butler, who was convicted recently. Defense lawyers argued that Smith’s concerns about whether Butler was framed were not a crime.


6:45 p.m.

A judge is telling jurors to keep deliberating on charges in the retrial of the district attorney of Mississippi’s largest county.

The jurors told a judge Tuesday that they were deadlocked 10-2 on three charges against Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith. Local media report jurors didn’t say whether the majority favored acquittal or conviction.

The message came after about 90 minutes of deliberation. Smith faces two counts of conspiring to hinder prosecution and one count of unlawfully providing advice to a criminal defendant.

Judge Larry Roberts told jurors to keep talking. Smith’s first trial ended in a hung jury in January.

Smith is accused of illegally intervening to get drug charges dismissed against Christopher Butler, who was convicted recently. Defense lawyers argue that Smith’s concerns about whether Butler was framed were not a crime.


4 p.m.

Jurors are beginning deliberations on charges in the retrial of the district attorney of Mississippi’s largest county.

Local media report closing arguments concluded Tuesday.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith is charged with two counts of conspiring to hinder prosecution and one count of unlawfully providing advice to a criminal defendant.

Defense lawyers argue that Smith’s concerns about whether a drug defendant was framed were legitimate, and don’t equal a crime.

Lawyers from Attorney General Jim Hood’s office, prosecuting the case, argue Smith acted illegally.

Smith’s concerns that video of defendant Christopher Butler’s home had been tampered with were refuted by a prosecution witness. The state was unable to play the entire video until after jurors couldn’t agree on whether to convict Smith in a trial ending in January.