Mistrial declared in attempted killing of nephew who is also stepson
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) —
A mistrial has been declared in the case of a western Pennsylvania man charged with trying to kill his nephew -- who is also his stepson -- while the suspect was living with the alleged victim's estranged wife.
Timothy Rockwell, 47, contends a crash on April 3, 2012, was an accident. But a state police expert testified Rockwell used his pickup to drive 37-year-old Alan Rockwell Jr.'s motorcycle off the road.
A Fayette County judge declared a mistrial Tuesday after jurors couldn't reach a verdict.
Timothy Rockwell must now be retried. He's the brother of Alan Rockwell Jr.'s father, but later married Alan Jr.'s mother -- becoming Alan Jr.'s stepfather after she divorced Alan Sr.
Timothy Rockwell and Alan Jr.'s mother are separated because of Rockwell's affair with Alan Jr.'s wife.