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Mistrial declared after five-day trial in Stoddard crash case

KEENE — A mistrial was declared Thursday in Cheshire County Superior Court in the case of a Hillsborough man charged with negligent homicide.

Eric Mays, 25, who formerly lived in Hancock, was accused of driving drunk in a Stoddard crash last year that killed his friend, Brandon Farrow, 24, of Hancock.

After a five-day trial, which concluded Wednesday, a jury of nine women and three men were expected to enter deliberations and deliver its decision. But on Thursday the declaration of a mistrial marked a turn of events in the case.

The jury had for days heard conflicting testimony about who was behind the wheel during the crash, according to published reports. Court documents in the case were unavailable at the Superior Court on Monday. Assistant Cheshire County Attorney John Webb and New Hampshire Public Defender Kimberly Kossick, who is representing Mays, could not be reached for comment Monday morning.

Mays is being charged with two counts of negligent homicide, two counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated and driving after revocation or suspension.

Mays’ friend and passenger, Farrow, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on Route 123 in Stoddard on June 1, 2011. According to New Hampshire State Police, Mays was driving a 1997 Honda Accord north on Route 123 at about 12:57 a.m. when he lost control of the car, which went off the road and rolled several times.

A second passenger, Lesley Mouradian, 25, of Milford, was also injured. Mays and Mouradian were both taken by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon for treatment and later released.

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