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Maready Murder Trial To Start Over After Mistrial Declared

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DURHAM, N.C. — Attorneys will have to start over in the trial of a man accused in a drunken-driving accident that led to the death of a Durham woman.

During the first day of trial proceedings, in which a jury had been seated, the judge presiding over the case mistakenly told jurors about Kenneth Maready's prior driving-while-impaired convictions.

A mistrial was declared.

In 2005, investigators said, Maready was drunk and driving a stolen car when he hit Kay Stokes and killed her. Investigators said Maready's blood-alcohol level may have been three times the legal limit.

The incident happened less than a month after he got out of prison. Maready has a lengthy criminal record and he has nine prior drunken driving convictions.

Maready is accused of second-degree murder. He also faces a number of other charges including DWI, larceny and habitual felon charges.

Maready is still in jail.