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Retrial For Man Accused Of Faking Death To Begin

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Maryland man accused of faking his own death faces a retrial.

A federal judge declared a mistrial for Larry Deffenbaugh in April when a jury deadlocked over whether to convict him for making a false distress signal to the Coast Guard. Deffenbaugh’s retrial is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

He also faces a new conspiracy charge. Deffenbaugh has pleaded not guilty to both charges.

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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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