New trial ordered for former King Co. deputy accused of assault

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by DEBORAH FELDMAN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 8:03 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 2 at 11:07 AM

SEATTLE - A judge has ordered a new trial for a former King County deputy accused of assaulting a teenage girl inside her holding cell.

Former King County Deputy Paul Schene was back in court Tuesday, facing the same charges that ended in a mistrial last month.

At proceedings at the King County courthouse this morning, the judge ordered a new trial for June.

Last month, jurors deadlocked as to whether Schene should be convicted of assault.

The encounter between Schene and then 15-year-old Malika Calhoun was captured by a camera rolling inside the holding cell.

The video was at the crux of the trial and the question jurors had to answer, was whether Schene's behavior was appropriate and legal after he was hit by the teenager's shoe.

Our newspaper partner The Seattle Times is reporting that 11 of the 12 jurors believed the ex-deputy was following accepted training techniques, but that he did not need to exert such force against a girl much smaller than he is.

 Schene was fired last September for using excessive force.

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