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Mistrial as killer's jury can't decide 2nd charge

Published: Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 - 6:22 am

The same Sacramento County jury that convicted Luis Prudente on one count of murder has failed to reach a verdict on a second killing, and Judge Marjorie Koller on Tuesday declared a mistrial

Sacramento prosecutors have not decided yet whether to retry Prudente, 20, who was accused of murder in the fatal Oct. 23, 2009, hit-and-run on El Camino Avenue that left Julian Juan Dearcos, 35, dead, according to Deputy District Attorney Michael Kane.

Koller set Prudente's next court date for Aug. 12. He faces a scheduled Aug. 27 sentencing for his first-degree murder conviction in the Nov. 27, 2010, shooting death of Jesse Dean Jones, 15.

Authorities said the Jones killing was gang-related.

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

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