BROWN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A Brown County prosecutor confirmed Thursday that there was a mistrial in a case of a Brown County homicide suspect and that there will be a new trial.
Brown County prosecutor Jessica Brown confirmed that there was a mistrial in the Daniel Somoskey case.
On March 24 of this year, Somoskey, 24, was arrested in connection with the death of girlfriend Stacy Flora.
Police were called to Flora's home in the 1000 block of Shinkles Ridge Road outside of Georgetown. Officers say Flora's body was found inside the home on March 23. Police say Flora was shot to death.
On March 27 of this year, it was revealed that Somoskey had retrieved a number of weapons from the Brown County Sheriff's Office just hours before that murder.
Surveillance video from outside the Brown County Sheriff's Office shows Somoskey and Flora picking up a number of his firearms on March 21.
"We signed the weapons back over to him and both of them left together and then we find out Sunday that she has been killed," Chief Deputy John Schadle said.
According to a police report, on Jan. 13 deputies arrived at Flora's home to find a drunken Somoskey firing weapons in the backyard. He went to jail and deputies took a .45 caliber handgun, a .22 rifle and 12 gauge shotgun. Somoskey pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and on March 17 a judge ordered his weapons be returned to him.
"It was a misdemeanor charge. To try to forfeit those guns for that would be like trying to take someone's car for a speeding ticket," Schadle said.
Schadle said Somoskey had no prior criminal record and the judge had no reason to keep those weapons from him. He believes whether Somoskey had those weapons or not, the outcome would have been the same.
Somoskey's new trial is set for March 30, 2015.