Daren Vaughn Released From Jail To Await His Second Trial

Daren Vaughn, 22, was released Thursday on a personal promise to return to court, pending a second trial in connection to the stabbing death of his best friend and neighbor Tyrell Swann.

During Thursday’s status hearing, defense attorney Jacqueline Cadman argued that Vaughn has no prior convictions and has been compliant and cooperative since his arrest on Sept. 27, 2012.

Swann, 23, died from a single stab wound that pierced his heart that night. Last week, jurors found Vaughn innocent of first-degree premeditated murder and other assault and burglary charges in connection with Swann’s death.

Vaughn will face a second trial for the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter while armed and for carrying a dangerous weapon, charges for which jurors couldn’t reach verdicts.

During the six day trial Vaughn’s defense attorney argued Vaughn was acting in self-defense when he stabbed Swann. Prosecutors say Vaughn was acting out of rage when he returned to Swann’s house, pushed into the house and stabbed Swann in front of his mother and sister.

Judge John Ramsey Johnson released Vaughn on his personal promise that he will appear for his trial readiness hearing scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 5. Judge Johnson also ordered Vaughn to stay away from the scene of the incident, the 500 block of 50th Place Northeast, and Swann’s family.

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