eOne MusicA New York criminal court judge on Thursday declared a mistrial in the case against Devar Hurd, the man accused of stalking Ashanti.
The mistrial was declared because one of the jurors was too sick to come in for deliberation. Hurd, who represented himself while facing charges of stalking and aggravated harassment, will return to jail and be retried as soon as next month.
Between September 2012 and July 2013, Hurd allegedly sent over 100 messages to Ashanti on Twitter. Some of the messages were sexual in nature, and prosecutors said those messages caused harm to her “mental and emotional health.” Hurd also allegedly approached Ashanti’s sister, a violation of an order of protection requiring him to stay away.