Gwinnett murder case ends in mistrial

After waiting more than two years for answers, the family of a slain Gwinnett County woman will have to wait for a retrial.

Angela Rabotte went missing in March 2014 after dropping off her 3-year-old daughter with a friend to attend a party in Atlanta. The 26-year-old's body was found several days later in a wooded area near the intersection of Lilburn Industrial Way and Arcado Road, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

Rabotte’s ex-boyfriend, Darryl Campbell, could barely speak when he found out his daughter’s mother was dead. He didn’t know at the time what he would tell his daughter, and that didn’t change Tuesday when the judge granted a mistrial, according to Channel 2 Action News.

“I just told her she passed away,” Campbell told Channel 2. “Some days she be like, ‘Well, what happened? What were the specifics?’”

Charles Outlaw was one of the last people seen with Rabotte before she disappeared, police said. In June 2014, he was charged with malice murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Prosecutors said Rabotte had been shot execution style, according to Channel 2.

The judge declared the mistrial hours into Tuesday’s trial because prosecutors accidentally played part of an interview mentioning Outlaw’s criminal record. The defense argued that Outlaw couldn’t get a fair trial and the judge agreed, saying a new jury would have to be chosen.

No new trial date has been set.

Campbell, a single father of a now 6-year-old, told Channel 2 he wouldn’t stress about the case and he and his daughter would get answers in time.

“It’s definitely rough to have the days your mother is supposed to be there with you,” Campbell admitted to the news station.