Q: Veronica Shaver was killed in 1985 in Sacramento. What happened at the trial?
A: Two men, Kenneth Wayne Moses and Orlando Hobart Brown, were tried for the Dec. 22, 1985, gunshot slaying of Veronica Shaver at her Oak Park residence.
But a mistrial was declared after a Sacramento Superior Court jury reported it was hopelessly deadlocked after three days of deliberations.
According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Shaver, 26, was shot by one of two intruders at her home on 42nd Street.
Police said the intruders, one armed with a pistol and another with a rifle, began pushing Shaver and looking for drugs. When Shaver ran upstairs, one of the men fired. The bullet struck Shaver in the right buttock and continued into her chest. She jumped through a second-story window and was found outside by police. She died two days later at UC Davis Medical Center.
The oldest of Shaver’s three sons, who was 7 years old at the time of the shooting, testified that two men came to the home looking for his father, who was not there. During the trial, the boy identified the defendants, but at the preliminary hearing he did not.
After the mistrial, one juror reportedly told the prosecutor that there wasn’t enough concrete evidence.