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Mistrial in Arden-Arcade murder case

A Sacramento Superior Court jury failed to reach a verdict in the Victor Rodgers murder trial and Judge Robert M. Twiss Friday declared a mistrial.

The panel had deliberated the case for 13 days before informing Twiss it was deadlocked. The jury forewoman told Twiss that the vote was 10-2 in favor of conviction for first-degree murder.

Rodgers, 21, was accused in the May 22, 2012, shooting death of Kerry Ray Burns, 27, on Wyda Way in the Arden-Arcade area. Prosecutors said the killing stemmed from a disagreement between Burns and Rodgers over a check-kiting scheme they had arranged. Defense attorney Michael Long said another member of the check-kiting group was responsible for the fatal shooting.

Twiss scheduled a hearing on the case for Jan. 26, when the District Attorney’s Office probably will decide whether to retry it.

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