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Judge declares mistrial in second-degree murder trial involving Eunice toddler's death


OPELOUSAS, Louisiana — A state district judge has declared a mistrial in the second-degree murder trial involving a Eunice toddler's death, after the jury heard a taped statement that included allegations of possible past criminal activity by the defendant.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1gt16RH) Judge Alonzo Harris granted the mistrial Thursday after Roy Richard, the attorney for 36-year-old Robert Miller III, objected to the tape, which the jury heard.

Miller was on trial in the Feb. 24, 2013, death of 19-month-old Victoria Renee LeJeune, who at the time was living with Miller and her mother, Kimberly LeJeune, in a trailer west of Eunice.

On Tuesday several medical experts testified that Victoria Renee died of severe brain bleed caused by repeated trauma to the body. The toddler's body, doctors testified, was covered in bruises.

Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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