Jury unable to reach verdict in trial of deputy

Brent Wooddell accused of stealing cash after drug arrest

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Jurors were unable to reach a verdict in the trial of a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy accused of stealing money after a drug arrest.

Another detective testified he saw Brent Wooddell take $200 during a gambling case they were working.

Internal affairs then set up a sting operation on Wooddell. Broward Sheriff's Office video showed Wooddell arresting a Miami-Dade Police Department sergeant who acted as a drug dealer during the sting.

The sergeant also had $7,340 cash in a bag. When Wooddell turned in the cash, there was only $6,000, prosecutors say.

Wooddell said he kept the cash because wanted to confront his accusers.

"I was just trying to turn the tables and hopefully get them to reveal to me what they were doing," he testified.

"I know I'm being set up. They're accusing me of being a thief," said prosecutor Adriana Alcade. "Here's what I'm going to do, I'm going to show them -- I'm going to prove them right."

"His intent was never to steal," said defense attorney Alan Grinberg.

Wooddell also admitted to drinking during his shift on the day of the sting.

"It was a very stressful day. I did have one drink," he said.

Jurors are reconvening at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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