MADISON (WKOW)-- A Dane County jury has made their verdict in the trial for Chad Chritton. Jury members say they had been deadlocked since 4:30 pm Thursday afternoon.
They weren't able to make a unanimous decision on four of the six counts. They did however, find Chritton guilty for felony child neglect involving bodily harm. They decided he was not guilty for a lesser misdemeanor count of child neglect.
The judge said the remaining counts can be re-tried in Dane County court. District Attorney Ismael Ozanne says his office does plan to re-try Chritton for those counts.
Ozanne declined to comment about the outcome of this trial, but defense attorney William Hayes says he's happy the jury took their time with the case.
"I think what they're telling us is we weren't going to convict him of both. There was child neglect here. We're going to convict him once of child neglect and we think of that child neglect, that there was bodily harm involved," Hayes says.
The court decided that a re-trial for Chritton won't happen until after the trial for his wife Melinda Drabek-Chritton. She is facing many of the same charges he did. The court also decided to wait until the trial for Chritton's step son, Joshua Drabek, is completed. Attorneys say that process could take several weeks or months.
Chritton remains free under the pre-existing conditions on his bail.
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