Fri., 9:13 pm: Jury deadlocked In veteran’s suicide

WARREN After a jury deliberated into a second day today and announced themselves helplessly deadlocked, a judge declared a mistrial in the medical malpractice and wrongful death trial that centered on a Iraqi veteran’s suicide.

“Our hearts went out to the family from the very start of this trial. We’ll have to see what happens next,” said attorney Thomas Prislipsky, who represented family practice physicians Dr. Frank G. Veres and his son, Dr. Zachary F. Veres in Champion.

The doctors were sued by Matt Ecker, also of Champion, who filed the action on behalf of his 25-year-old son, Michael, who had been treated by the doctors for pain and depression after suffering post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic head injuries in battle.

The veteran shot himself to death after saluting his father in the family’s backyard in August 2009.

“We’ll just have to look at all our options and talk to our clients. This was a hard-fought battle all week,” said attorney Brian Kopp, who represented the Ecker family.

Read more about the trial and declaration of mistrial in Saturday’s Tribune Chronicle.