Sacto 9-1-1
February 9, 2012
Hung jury in Sacramento murder trial

A Sacramento Superior Court jury failed to reach a verdict today on three defendants accused of murder in the shooting death of a man who prosecutors say was targeted over a $16,000 win he had scored at a local Indian casino.

Judge Roland L. Candee then declared a mistrial in the case of Genneledward Miles Jr., 29, Derrick Dwayne Sam, 33, and Shannon Shorter, 35.

The jury, which deliberated for six days before it hung, had voted 11-1 for conviction.

The case against the three men was scheduled for a hearing on Feb. 17. Deputy District Attorney Andrew Smith said prosecutors will retry the case.


The three defendants were accused in the Dec. 19, 2008, slaying of Timothy Lance Brodie, 30.

Evidence at the trial showed that Brodie had been severely beaten before he was shot and killed at a Rancho Cordova apartment complex. His car was later found burning in Carmichael.

The night he was killed, Smith said that three masked gunmen broke into Brodie's house, tied up his wife and screamed at her, "Where's the money, where's the money?" Smith said the men were searching for Brodie's gambling winnings.

The gunmen also stole 35 marijuana plants from Brodie's house, the prosecutor said.

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