Judge issues mistrial for Mercer basketball player murder case

The trial of accused murderer Damion Deray Henderson began Tuesday in Bibb County Court/Danielle Apolinar (WGXA)

UPDATE: 3:15 P.M.

MACON, Ga. -- The judge has discontinued the murder trial for Damion Deray Henderson, issuing a mistrial.

It began Tuesday morning.

Henderson is accused in the February 2016 murder of Mercer basketball player Jibri Bryan.

During prosecutor Sandra Matson's opening statements, she referenced previous crimes of Henderson -- to which Defense Attorney Frank Hogue objected, saying they don't relate to this trial.

Judge Howard Simms agreed, ultimately ruling a mistrial because of this.

District Attorney David Cooke says he isn't sure when the trial will start over.

WGXA is working to learn more. Check back here for updates.


MACON, Ga. -- The trial for accused Mercer basketball player murderer Damion Deray Henderson began Tuesday morning in Bibb County Court.

Henderson is accused in the February 2016 murder of Jibri Bryan. Authorities say he shot and killed Bryan in the parking lot of a Flash Foods convenience store in downtown Macon after a botched drug deal.

During Tuesday's trial, prosecutors said Henderson needs to be held accountable for his actions, while defense claims he was acting in self-defense.

Henderson has pleaded not guilty to nine charges, including three counts of felony murder, one count of malice murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault.

During Monday's jury selection, Henderson's Attorney Franklin Hogue told WGXA the incident was a drug-deal-gone-wrong between Jarvis Miller and Bryan. Miller -- who was shot and injured during the incident -- recently pleaded guilty to armed robbery in exchange for testimony and will serve 20 years.

Prosecutor Sandra Matson said Tuesday in her opening statement that Henderson must be held accountable for his actions since Bryan "can't come into the room and tell us what happened." She went on to detail the actions of that night.

Matson said Henderson and Miller tried to sell Bryan fake drugs, but Bryan asked for his money back. Bryan then went and got his registered gun.

Matson says Miller will later testify how "all hell broke loose" at that point. She says Miller was struck multiple times, Henderson then grabbed Bryan's gun and shot and killed him.

Hogue then delivered his opening statement, saying the drug deal was all Miller's plan and Henderson was acting in self-defense.

Hogue said after Miller and Bryan exchanged gunshots, Henderson grabbed the gun and shot Bryan because he was thinking, "I'm next -- I'm about to take a bullet."

This is a developing story. Check back here for updates.

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