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State Starts Preparations for New Trial in Atlanta Bombing Case

The state began today assembling its new case against George Bright, first of the five synagogue bombing defendants to stand trial, whose prosecution ended yesterday in a mistrial. The prosecution planned to subpoena additional witnesses, including Atlanta policemen, to testify at the re-trial. Apparently, none of the other defendants will be brought to trial until Bright’s case is completed.

It was learned today that the jury, which was dismissed by Judge Durwood Pye after being deadlocked for four days, was split 9-3, with nine voting for conviction with a recommendation for mercy and three voting acquittal. The jurors favoring a recommendation for mercy noted that no one had been injured in the blast, which did $96,000 worth of damage. Without a recommendation of mercy, Bright faced a capital sentence.