OKLAHOMA CITY — A mistrial has been declared in the case against an Oklahoma City man charged with orchestrating a robbery from jail that resulted in a man’s shooting death.
Jurors were deadlocked Monday evening in the case against 27-year-old Prince Augustine Ordu, The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/2ddNF7v ) reports. Ordu was charged last year with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery.
Prosecutors claim Ordu orchestrated a 2013 robbery from jail in order to get money to post bond. Prosecutors said Ordu used a cellphone he had with him in the Oklahoma City jail to recruit Deandre D. Smith, 26, Nicco Lemar Price, 27, and Tywan Marquis Sellars, 27, to commit the robbery. He was in jail at the time for firearms-related offenses.
Anthony Hartfield Jr., 21, was fatally shot in his father’s Oklahoma City home during the robbery. According to prosecutors, the house may have been targeted because Ordu’s wife at the time knew Hartfield’s father had “wads of cash.”
Ordu’s attorney told the jury Ordu has nothing to do with the robbery. He contends Smith committed the murder and lied about Ordu being involved.
Smith testified during the trial and said Ordu planned the robbery. Smith pleaded guilty last year to first-degree murder and first-degree burglary and received life on probation as part of a plea agreement, records show.
Price guilty to accessory to murder in May 2015. He admitted to selling the gun used in the murder, plea paperwork shows. Sellars is set to face trial in February.
A new trial date for Ordu will be set.
Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com