Judge declares mistrial in 2002 double murder

Judge declares mistrial in 2002 double murder
Brian Ferry (Source: Tucson Police Department)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Pima County judge declared a mistrial on Friday, Feb. 9, in a double-murder trial from 2002.

Judge Kenneth Lee made the decision because the jury could not reach a verdict.

Brian Ferry was accused of killing 58-year-old Charles Russell and 42-year-old Catherine Nelson, who disappeared during a trip to Tucson to buy a motorcycle on Feb. 2, 2002.

Cold case detectives from the Tucson Police Department arrested Ferry on Jan. 28, 2015.

After the discovery of the couple's truck in a church parking lot near East 22nd Street and South Sixth Avenue on Feb. 7, 2002, the case went cold. Detectives determined foul play was involved, but had no leads and the incident was cleared as an unsolved missing persons case.

A status conference will be held on Feb. 21.

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