MOORHEAD — A Clay County District Court judge has declared a mistrial after a jury could not reach a verdict in the case of a Fargo man accused of beating a Moorhead resident to death with a pool cue almost two years ago.
On Wednesday, Oct. 13, jurors who were deliberating in the trial of Christopher Vincent Greywater, who faced a second-degree murder charge in connection with the April 3, 2020, death of 52-year-old Lucas James Lacroix of Moorhead, told Judge Jade Rosenfeldt they were deadlocked, and further deliberation would likely not change that.
Rosenfeldt then declared a mistrial, and the jurors were released from duty.
The case went to the jury just before noon on Tuesday.
Jurors informed the judge they were deadlocked late Wednesday afternoon.
A new trial was not scheduled as of Thursday morning, and prosecutors could not be reached for comment as to whether a new trial will happen or when.
A prosecutor told Rosenfeldt in court on Wednesday that she would seek to retry the case.
The charge Greywater faced carried a potential sentence of up to 40 years in prison.
Prosecutors alleged Greywater beat Lacroix with a pool cue on April 2, 2020, in the basement of a Hawley, Minnesota, home.
Authorities found Lacroix in an upstairs bedroom of the home with serious head injuries. He was taken to a hospital where he later died.
An investigation found Greywater, Lacroix, Devonna Rose Waybenais, 40, of Red Lake, Minnesota, and Lorenzo Manyribs, who lived at the home at the time of the incident, were partying at the house, according to a criminal complaint.
Manyribs told police he didn’t see what happened in the basement, but Lacroix told Manyribs that Greywater attacked him, court documents said.
Greywater, who initially denied assaulting Lacroix, also was treated for injuries.
Court filings state Greywater planned to argue he acted in self-defense, but at trial Greywater's attorney, Stormy Vickers, asserted that someone else was responsible for Lacroix's death.
In court papers, Greywater claimed that a woman, later identified as Waybenais, hit him over the head with a pool stick. Police found Waybenais in a vehicle and said she had a blood alcohol content of 0.22%.
Waybenais initially denied assaulting Greywater but later acknowledged doing so because she wanted him out of the house after he allegedly attacked Lacroix, court documents said.
In the wake of the incident at the Hawley residence, Waybenais was charged with a felony count of second-degree assault and two gross misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated in connection to the incident.
She pleaded not guilty to the charges but is slated to change one or more of her pleas in early November.