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Mistrial declared for son accused of killing mother

Published: Friday, Jun. 21, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Friday, Jun. 21, 2013 - 6:56 am

A Sacramento Superior Court jury failed to reach a verdict Thursday in the murder trial of a man accused of stabbing his mother to death, and Judge Emily E. Vasquez declared a mistrial.

Deputy District Attorney Matthew Chisholm said prosecutors will retry the case against Angelo Dunya Wright, 22, in the killing of Lisa Marie Barber, 42, whose body was found Nov. 12, 2011, in her Foothill Farms apartment in the 5400 block of College Oak Drive.

The jury's vote was 11-1 for conviction.

Vasquez scheduled Wright's next court date for July 11.

An autopsy showed that Barber had suffered 70 "sharp force" injuries, six of which were fatal, according to Chisholm's trial brief. The prosecutor's brief said the stabbing took place after Barber had told a friend she intended to question her son about jewelry that had been stolen out of her apartment.

Assistant Public Defender Torr Zielenski conceded that Wright killed his mother, but the lawyer argued it was a voluntary manslaughter because the stabbing took place in a heat of passion.

Call The Bee's Andy Furillo, (916) 321-1141. Follow him on Twitter @andyfurillo.

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