Mistrial Declared for Former Razorback Accused of Murder

FAYETTEVILLE -- A former University of Arkansas football player's murder trial has been declared a mistrial.

Joshua Melton was accused of killing his friend after a night of drinking but on Wednesday just one day after it started, the trial ended abruptly , according to the Washington County Prosecuting Attorney Office. Prosecutor Matt Durrett said they lost one juror Monday and replaced with the alternate juror, but when a second juror dropped out Tuesday, there were no more alternates, resulting in the mistrial.

The trial has been reset to October 20th.

Michael Gover was found dead inside Melton's home at 6316 W. Copper Ridge Lane in August 2013. Melton was arrested on charges of second degree murder.

According to a police report Melton said he and a friend had been drinking when Melton passed out and woke up to find the victim had vomited on the floor. Melton said he confronted the victim about the mess and told police he then went into a "rage," punching the victim several times.

Joshua Melton was an Offensive lineman for the Razorbacks from 1998 to 2002.

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