UPDATE: U.S. Attorney’s office plans to try Madison officer for third time

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Eric Parker, during second trial (Nov. 4, 2015)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – WHNT News 19 has learned the U.S. Attorney’s office plans to try a Madison police officer for a third time on federal charges.

Eric Parker is charged with violating a man’s civil rights during an encounter in February.

Prosecutors have tried Parker twice, and jurors deadlocked both times, causing the judge to declare mistrials.  The latest trial ended last week.

Attorneys for both sides participated in a phone conference with U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala on Friday afternoon.  WHNT News 19 was also on the call.  The judge asked prosecutors if they planned to try Parker again, and they said yes.

The defense had filed a motion for acquittal after the second mistrial was declared.  The judge made no reference to that motion during the call.

If the judge grants the acquittal motion, Parker’s federal case would end.

Read more coverage of Eric Parker’s case on WHNT.com.