A man accused of stabbing two associates to death in his Mt Albert mansion will stand trial for a third time after a jury returned a hung verdict.
Cheng Qi Wang, 52, also known as Chris, is charged with the murder of 44-year-old Zhuo "Michael" Wu and 53-year-old Yishan "Tom" Zhong at Wang's $2 million home in Mt Albert on January 14, 2011.
His first trial in February was aborted after jurors fell ill and his second trial closed yesterday afternoon after the jury told Justice Lang they could not reach a verdict.
Wang will go back in to the court system at a call-over next week and will face a third trial, probably next year.
The Crown case is that the two men were stabbed to death after they tried to evict Wang on behalf of his former partner.
Police found a horrific scene when they attended the mansion on Stilwell Rd, Mt Albert.
Zhong, found in the driveway, died of three stab wounds, while Wu, who was found at the bottom of a staircase, suffered 23.
Wang met police at the front door in blood-soaked pyjamas and later told them the men had attacked him and he stabbed Wu after wrestling a knife off him.
He said he did not stab Zhong and suggested it may have been Wu.
He argued self-defence at trial.
The jury retired to continue its verdict on Tuesday afternoon but indicated they could not reach a decision at about 2.45pm yesterday.
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