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Ohio judge declares mistrial after brawl injury

CINCINNATI (AP) — A mistrial has been declared in the murder trial of a defendant who was injured during a Cincinnati courtroom brawl.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Carl Stich on Tuesday granted the defense motion after finding that defendant Byron Frazier was suffering from a concussion, short-term memory loss and headaches. His attorneys said he was unable to assist in his defense.

The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) reports that Frazier was hurt Oct. 8 during a courtroom melee that resulted in two people being arrested for assault. A third person escaped after stomping a sheriff's deputy.

Frazier is accused of fatally shooting a woman, Kylia Shields, last Christmas.

Stich has ordered a mental evaluation of Frazier. Court records show a competency hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 25.

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