NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Maryland man accused of faking his own death faces a new conspiracy charge.
A federal judge declared a mistrial for Larry Deffenbaugh when a jury deadlocked over whether to convict him for making a false distress signal to the Coast Guard.
A retrial on the false distress signal charge has been set for May 10. Deffenbaugh pleaded not guilty to the conspiracy charge Wednesday.
Prosecutors say Deffenbaugh faked his death by jumping into the Chesapeake Bay from a rented fishing boat in 2009. His disappearance came two days before he was scheduled to appear at a hearing on a probation violation in Calvert County, Md.
The TV show “America’s Most Wanted” broadcast a segment about Deffenbaugh that led to his arrest last year in Baytown, Texas.
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