Another mistrial declared for man accused of shooting Philly cop; 4th trial set for March

Eric Torres
Photo credit Philadelphia Police Department; inset: KYW Newsradio, file
By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Once again, another mistrial has been declared in the case against a man accused of shooting a Philly cop six years ago, this time because jurors were talking about the case. 

Over and over again in the courthouse, judges instruct jurors not to speak to one another or anyone else about the case. But after learning that jurors were doing just that, the defense motioned for a mistrial, which the judge granted. 

One juror reportedly heard another juror talking about how this trial against Eric Torres was in fact a retrial. Another said there was discussion about the case on social media.

Torres, 37, is accused of shooting Philadelphia Police Officer Ed Davies six years ago. He was convicted in 2015 but it was dropped in 2017 by the Pennsylvania Superior Court, because the judge said police officers did not have probable cause to search Torres’ home.

During the second trial in September, the judge declared a mistrial at the defense’s request because prosecutors showed the jury inadmissible evidence. 

The third trial began Wednesday with opening statements.

Torres maintains he is innocent.

The fourth trial is now slated for March 23, 2020.