Mistrial declared in case over 2012 shooting involving Birmingham mayor's security detail

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- A mistrial was declared today in the trial over the 2012 shooting involving Birmingham Mayor William Bell's security detail.

After reports surfaced that jurors in the DeAndre Major trial had conversations with witnesses during the lunch break, Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Virginia Vinson declared a mistrial just before Bell was set to testify.

The jurors and witnesses admitted in court they were talking with one another as they waited for the doors of the courtroom to be unlocked. One of the witnesses, a Birmingham police officer, testified in court this afternoon. Defense attorney Shelia Weil asked the judge for a mistrial, saying the conversations had between the jurors and witnesses compromised the trial.

After being dismissed by the judge, jurors dropped off their buttons and went home.