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Mistrial In Civil Rights Case Against Ex-Deputies

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The case against two former Humphreys County deputies accused of police brutality ended in a mistrial.

Jurors told a federal judge in Nashville Monday they were deadlocked on deciding whether James Benjamin "Benji" Lee and Timothy Wayne Hedge violated the civil rights of Darrin Ring when they arrested him in 2011.

Ring testified he was under the influence of drugs, but was trying to comply with the deputies' orders.

He was pepper sprayed, shot with a stun gun five times, struck repeatedly with a metal baton and kicked.

He ended up naked in the snow with broken ribs, a punctured lung and broken shoulder.

Defense attorneys said deputies considered Ring a threat.

A new trial has been set for May 7.

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