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Third trial underway for local murder case

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Andrew King, 27, on his third trial for double murder.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local man accused of double murder is being tried for the third time.

Hung juries prevented verdicts in the first two trials, now Andrew King is in court again for a third round. The case began in 2010 on the Southside of Jacksonville, when police arrested King for allegedly stabbing and killing a pregnant woman.

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Felicia Burney, 22, was 38 weeks pregnant when police said she was stabbed while sleeping on the couch. She was living with a roommate at the time on the 8300 block of Berry Avenue. Police arrested Andrew King, now 27-years-old, and said DNA evidence linked King to the crime. Investigators said Burney's roommate and King may have been in a relationship-and there was some tension and arguments between the King and Burney.

"We came home and the detectives was over here and we didn't know what was going on, but then rumors say he was from Berry," said Marilyn Parrish, a neighbor.

Some neighbors who live on the street where King reportedly lived when the crime happened just a half mile away, remember the day he was taken into custody, but weren't aware of the connection to the Berry avenue stabbing.

"It was real close to home," said Parrish.

According to court records, King was tried for the first time in June 2012. The jury deliberated for almost 9 hours and declared a mistrial. This February King was tried again. On March 4 the jury began deliberating, this time asked a question, and after six total hours of deliberation, there was another hung jury.

The State attorney's office says there is no limit on how many times a person can be tried until a verdict is reached. 

Comments on a memorial Facebook page for Burney show her family and friends are keeping up with the trial and hoping for a verdict. Posts from family members say Burney was expecting a girl, to be named Sarah.

According to defense analyst David Robbins, the total costs of the trials could run up to $100,000 in taxpayer funds.

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