Mistrial declared for man accused of shooting, killing Abilene mother

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – A mistrial has been declared for a suspect accused of shooting and killing and Abilene mother in May of 2016. 

Court officials confirmed the mistrial was declared during Tuesday morning proceedings for the trial of Charles Newman, 38, charged with Murder in connection to the death of Kendra Keppler, 27.

No further information about events leading up to the mistrial has been disclosed, but KTAB and KRBC will be working to release the details soon. 

Keppler was found dead inside her home on Whittier Street. She suffered a single gunshot wound to the head.

Newman was arrested after giving conflicting testimony regarding the last time he saw her. He’s also accused of pawning the murder weapon, trying to get money from Keppler’s bank account, and trying to convince a witness not to testify.

More information about the case can be found in a recap of Day One of Newman’s trial, which included opening statements and some witness testimony. 

Stick with BigCountryHomepage for any additional details on the mistrial declaration throughout the day. 

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