CHICAGO (CBS) — A Will County judge declared a mistrial on Wednesday after jurors were deadlocked in the trial of Sean Woulfe, who was charged in a 2017 accident that killed a pregnant woman and her three children as she drove them to Bible camp.
Woulfe is charged with 16 counts of reckless homicide in the crash that killed Lindsey Schmidt, 29, and her sons Caleb, 1; Weston, 4; and Owen, 6, all from Beecher.
Prosecutors said Woulfe was more than 20 mph over the 55 mph limit when he executed a stop sign on July 24, 2017, at unincorporated Beecher, hitting Schmidt’s 2014 Subaru Outback, which crashed is overturned in a field.
Lindsey Schmidt and her son, Caleb, died at the scene. Weston Schmidt died the next day and Owen Schmidt died two days later.
Jurors have spent part of the last three days deliberating and, according to published reports, they told the judge the vote was 11 to 1 to convict on Tuesday, but the judge told them to continue deliberations before the jury does not say on Wednesday that further deliberations would not change anything. .
It was not immediately clear whether Will County prosecutors would seek to retry Woulfe.