NORMAN, Okla. – The Republican district attorney in an Oklahoma college town says he'll pursue remaining charges in a controversial drug paraphernalia case despite three acquittals and one hung jury so far.
Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn is pursuing criminal charges stemming from two 2015 raids of The Friendly Market in Norman.
The now-shuttered store sold glass water pipes and other items that Mashburn says state law clearly defines as drug paraphernalia. The shop owner says the pipes can be used for tobacco.
A jury on Monday acquitted store owner Robert Cox and manager Stephen Holman on several charges, including a felony charge of acquiring proceeds from drug activity.
Cox and one of his former clerks are still facing charges. Their defense attorney says they're not open to a plea deal.