Case Against Former Deputy Ended in a Mistrial

The second trial for a Trinity County peace officer accused of beating an inmate has ended in a mistrial.

The district attorney who prosecuted Scott Taylor is accused of contacting witnesses and trying to influence testimony.

Taylor's lawyers said Joe Ned Dean wrote a letter to parole officials on behalf of an inmate who testified in the first trial last summer. That letter reportedly told the parole board the inmate cooperated on his own and wanted to turn his life around.

Taylor's attorneys did not find out about the letter until after the witness testified Tuesday. They argued Dean wrote the letter in exchange for the witness' testimony.

The D.A. said he simply forgot about the letter.

Taylor's first trial last year ended with a hung jury.