Sacto 9-1-1
July 31, 2013
Jury fails to reach verdict on defendant's second murder count.

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.

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