Wrongful death suit in killing of Daniel Rowe declared mistrial

20-year-old shot, killed while taking out Blind Rabbit trash in July 2015

By Elizabeth Campbell - Reporter, Steve Patrick - News4Jax digital managing editor

Daniel Rowe

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - During jury selection in a wrongful death lawsuit connected to the murder of a 20-year-old Riverside restaurant employee, a mistrial was declared.

It's unclear why.

Daniel Rowe's family is suing the owners of the former Blind Rabbit restaurant on King Street where Rowe was murdered while taking out the trash more than three years ago.

All parties will be back in court March 4, according to court records.

Rowe was shot and killed July 22, 2015, in the alley behind the Blind Rabbit.

The family's wrongful death suit names 901 King Street LLC and Accubuild, owners of the restaurant that closed last year.

After two years of denying any role in Rowe's death, Erron Coleman pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced last year to life in prison. Devonte Hanford was sentenced to second-degree murder and is serving 20 years in prison for his role in the death.

Rowe's family had expressed frustration that it took time to bring charges against Coleman and Hanford, but after Coleman's sentencing, they said they are thankful because they know so many murders go unsolved.
 

Rowe's parents attended every court appearance of the criminal proceedings against Coleman and Hanford, who were separately charged in their son's death. They often wore ribbons in their son's memory.
  

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