An Alexander County man who was tried twice for murder resulting in a mistrial and later a not guilty verdict, was back in court on Wednesday.Jason Daniel Clary pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon. The charge was not related to the incident where Clary admits to firing a fatal shot at Travis Dean Harold of Hiddenite. The shooting took place on April 11, 2016 in Clary’s driveway in Eastern Alexander County. Clary admitted to the shooting but contended that it was in self defense. Harold had arrived armed with a piece of pipe. The shooting was captured on video by Clary’s wife.
Clary was tried in September of 2018 on a charge of first-degree murder. A mistrial was declared when the jury was deadlocked 8-4 in favor of Clary’s acquittal.
Clary was tried again in 2019. He was found not guilty by an Alexander County jury. The jury could have found Clary guilty of first degree murder, second degree murder, or voluntary manslaughter.
The judge presiding over Clary’s plea on Tuesday sentenced him to a period of supervised probation but when Clary pays court costs, and other financial obligations, the sentence can be converted to unsupervised probation.