Sacto 9-1-1
June 20, 2013
Jury can't decide if son murdered mother; judge declares mistrial

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today failed to reach a verdict 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, for 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.

Judge 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 he argued it was a voluntary manslaughter because the stabbing took place in a heat of passion.


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