A state judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the capital murder case of Frederick Manuel, who prosecutors said shot and killed a clerk at a Southeast convenience store during a January 2011 robbery.
Court officials said the decision came after defense lawyers objected to prejudicial testimony from a lead Austin police investigator, who in response to questions from the state, told jurors that an anonymous tipster had told authorities Manuel had a criminal history, was a drug addict and had recently split with his wife after disputes.
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