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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 6:10pm

Judge Declares Mistrial In Case Of Suspended DeKalb CEO

A DeKalb County judge has declared a mistrial in the case of suspended County CEO Burrell Ellis.

The mistrial was declared Tuesday after 11 days of jury deliberations. Ellis was accused of pressuring businesses for donations to his 2012 campaign in exchange for county contracting work.

Ellis was charged with bribery, theft, extortion and perjury. During the trial, Ellis has maintained his innocence, saying he made phone calls but didn't threaten anyone or take action against vendors' contracts.

The jury, plagued with personality conflicts, could not reach a unanimous decision in the case.

Ellis faced up to 20 years in prison.

District Attorney Robert James can either retry the case or dismiss it.

Ellis will remain under suspension from the elected office until a verdict is reached or the charges are dismissed. In the meantime, Interim CEO Lee May will continue to lead the county.