Friday’s action follows a declared mistrial in August after a jury reported it was unable to reach a verdict for attempted kidnapping following almost 10 hours of deliberations.
Victim Misty Wages, 40, testified earlier she stopped at the store to buy medicine and groceries, but Easley confronted her as she attempted to exit the vehicle, claiming he had a gun.
Ms. Wages testified she pushed back and shouted for help, attracting the attention of nearby customers, who summoned authorities.
Easley was arrested two days later at his home.
During his earlier trial, prosecutor Jacob Putnam said the defendant intended to use deadly force to restrain the woman, as defense attorney Brent Ratekin described the encounter as “a panhandling gone bad.”