Judge declares mistrial in missing mom's murder case

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A judge has declared a mistrial in the case against a man accused of killing a Grand Junction woman nearly a decade ago.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports jurors were unable to reach a unanimous verdict Friday in Lester Jones' murder and kidnapping trial. Jones was charged with killing Paige Birgfeld, a single mother who led a double life as a paid escort.

Investigators say he was a client and one of the last people to call Birgfeld before she vanished in 2007. Her remains were not found until 2012.

Jones' lawyers argued there is no physical evidence connecting their client to the killing and said one of the other men ruled out by investigators could have killed her.

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