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Second mistrial in ex-Navy commander’s attempted rape trial

Updated Monday, April 16, 2018 | 4:27 p.m.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A deadlocked jury has led to a second mistrial in the case of a former Navy commander charged with the attempted rape of a junior officer in San Diego.

Superior Court spokeswoman Karen Dalton says jurors were dismissed Monday after being unable to reach a unanimous decision on three major counts against John M. Neuhart.

A previous jury deadlocked last December.

Neuhart was charged with assaulting a Navy lieutenant in 2016. She worked under his command in a helicopter squadron in Guam.

The junior officer testified that Neuhart forced his way into her home and attacked her, only stopping when her screams alerted a neighbor. Neuhart ran out a back door and was caught by police after he fell and broke a leg.