The cops think partial skeletal remains they found last year may be the body of 21-year-old Michael Jay Francis, who was abducted from Baltimore in 2007. It was apparently drug-related. Witnesses saw a suspect shoot Francis with an assault rifle and force him into the trunk — alive or dead, who knows. They found the car later, with Francis’s clothes and a lot of blood.
The suspect was charged with murder, but after two trials there’s still no verdict. In the first case the judge declared a mistrial midway through; in the second, the jury couldn’t reach a verdict. It doesn’t make sense to me. This seems like an open-and-shut case — certainly much more so than most murders without a body.