What you missed in Columbus for Monday, April 18
Ex-Columbus police vice cop Andrew Mitchell's case ends in mistrial; Wil Haygood's Sammy Davis Jr. book adapted for Hulu series; the Crew drop another game; and more from the weekend
On Friday, a judge declared a mistrial in the case of former Columbus police vice officer Andrew Mitchell, who shot and killed Donna (Dalton) Castleberry in August of 2018. Mitchell, who claimed he acted in self-defense, was indicted on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter. The Dispatch reported that the deadlocked jury included seven jurors who believed Mitchell's actions were reasonable, two who thought they were unreasonable and three who were undecided.
"Jurors were not told about an internal Columbus police investigation into accusations that Mitchell was forcing women to engage in sexual conduct or pending federal charges accusing him of the same conduct," the AP reported.
For more on the life of Donna Dalton, revisit our 2018 cover story.
Today, Russia intensified its war on Ukraine with wide-ranging missile attacks, taking credit for hundreds of bombings, including a strike on the western city of Lviv that reportedly killed seven people — the city's first fatalities since the war began. The attacks come as Russia seeks to control more of Ukraine's eastern region known as Donbas.
Hulu announced it is partnering with producer/director Lee Daniels on an eight-episode series about legendary entertainer Sammy Davis Jr., which will be based on the book In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr. by author and Columbus native Wil Haygood. Daniels and collaborator Thomas Westfall are slated to write the series.
On Saturday night, the Columbus Crew lost its third straight game, falling to Orlando City 2-0 at Lower.com Field. The team has now gone nearly a month without scoring, its last goal coming in the final minutes of a 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls on March 20.
At Ohio State's spring game on Saturday, quarterback C.J. Stroud paid tribute to Dwayne Haskins, wearing the former OSU QB's name on his jersey. Players also wore a "DH" sticker on their helmets, and the scrimmage at Ohio Stadium was preceded by a moment of silence honoring Haskins.