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Third deadlock in Southport murder trial

AAP logoAAP 9/12/2016 Sarah Motherwell

Three trials, zero verdicts and seven years in jail later, Dean Mark Wills is finally walking out of prison.

Wills and Shane Hansen have been accused of murdering Gold Coast drug addict Darren John Britza at an industrial shed in March 2001.

The 31-year-old's skeletal remains were found in March 2008 after two fishermen saw a pair of boots sticking out of the dirt underneath Canungra Creek Bridge.

Wills stood trial for murder in 2015 and twice this year, with each jury unable to reach a verdict.

He was released on bail on Friday after the latest deadlock, bringing to an end his seven years of custodial limbo.

Hansen, who was also tried twice without receiving a verdict, remains on bail.

The murder charge against him was originally dropped in January 2014 after a Brisbane magistrate ruled there was not enough evidence.

But after his former associate Paul Taylor finally gave a formal statement to police Magistrate Paul Kluck decided he had a case to answer.

It is likely the prosecution will now drop the charges against Wills and Hansen when the matter returns to court on December 21.

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