What's next in the ex-Tucson firefighter triple murder trial

What's next in the ex-Tucson firefighter triple murder trial

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - An Arizona Superior Court in Pima County official confirms former Tucson firefighter David Watson will continue to sit in jail until attorneys decide the future of his case.

Watson is accused of killing three woman including his ex-wife, her mother, and a family friend.

Tuesday, Watson's triple murder trial ended in a hung jury, meaning they couldn't decide if he was guilty or not guilty of the alleged murders.

A status conference is scheduled next Friday, Dec. 2 to determine what could come next and possibly decide if there will be a retrial.

Tuesday, the judge Richard Fields asked jurors, "Is there any possibility that the jury would want to discuss further discussions?"

The jury, made up of eight women and four men said, "Not at this time."

A local criminal attorney not connected to the case isn't surprised since there are more than 60 witnesses and hundreds of pieces of evidence.

Brad Roach with Roach Law Firm has dealt with high cases before.

"A hung jury is not unexpected for something this important and such a high-profile case," he said. "It happens a lot."

Roach added, "When you have something that's so important, to get 12 people to all agree to the same thing is hard. And they're going to be some people on both sides who eventually won't give in so that's why it doesn't surprise me at all."

Tucson News Now spoke to Roach for perspective, because the judge continued to keep the witnesses and attorneys in this case on a gag order, meaning they can't talk about the case.

Roach said a gag order is expected to not jeopardize a potential retrial.

He predicted Tucson will once again see this case play out in a courtroom.

"There really are only two choices. Either retry the case or they come with some plea agreement. In a case like this, I can't imagine there's going to be a plea," he explained.

A status conference is set for Dec. 2 at 9 a.m. to determine what officially comes next.

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