***EDITOR’S NOTE: Luke Sweetser has been found guilty in the murder of Tom Niblo. Click here to read more.***

TAYLOR COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – A mistrial could be declared due to a hung jury in murder of Abilene realtor Tom Niblo.

The jury returned Wednesday afternoon after 12 hours of deliberation, saying they were at impasse and can’t reach a unanimous decision on whether or not Luke Sweetser is guilty in the murder of his brother-in-law, Abilene realtor Tom Niblo.

Judge Lee Hamilton sent them back to deliberate further, and if they can’t reach a decision, there will be a mistrial declared due to a hung jury. Judge Hamilton is the one who determines if it is impossible to reach a verdict in this case.

Family and loved ones of Tom were visibly upset after receiving the news.

Luke was on trial 6 days, during which jurors heard testimony from investigating law enforcement officers, Tom’s wife who witnessed the crime, and several members of the Niblo Family, who detailed an estranged relationship between Tom and Luke and Ellouise Sweester over the family estate, business, and partnership.

Ellouise (married to Luke and is also Tom’s sister) was upset that Tom was named executor of their late father’s will and was a manager of the family LLC, while she was left out and not even allowed access to the business’ checking account.

An exhaustive amount of electronic evidence was also investigated in this case. Detectives said that it was more than they had ever seen before, and one testified that he personally went through hundreds of thousands of files from electronics seized from just the Sweetser home alone.

That evidence included many searches, documents, and emails related to what the Sweetsers were trying to do with the Niblo LLC and family partnership, as well as Luke’s interest in weapons, murder, and serial killers.

Luke was not arrested until after the murder weapon was found by a teenager playing in the creek behind his grandfather’s home in August 2018. The gun was initially too rusty to fire and was not made operable and tested until 2020. Those tests showed it fired the casings found at the crime scene where Tom was shot and killed.

BigCountryHomepage.com will continue to follow this case as it goes back to court. Check back for the latest information.