Singer/actress Ashanti's stalking case has been declared a mistrial after a juror was unable to appear in court due to illness.

Devar Hurd was facing a string of counts, including criminal contempt and felony stalking, after allegedly breaking the terms of a restraining order by bombarding the Always On Time singer with sexually explicit messages on

He had been banned from contacting Ashanti and her family after completing a two-year prison sentence in 2012 for sending similar lewd notes to her manager mother, Tina Douglas.

On Thursday (18Dec14), Justice Daniel Conviser called the female juror twice to inquire about her condition, but he ultimately ruled the case a mistrial after the panellist was unable to appear for the second day of deliberations, according to the New York Daily News.

As per the law, the prosecutors will be able to bring another case against Hurd, who represented himself in court.