Jurors announced Wednesday they were hopelessly deadlocked in the trial of a 25-year-old woman accused of attempting to kill her parents while they slept inside their Fresno home last year.
Nine jurors in Fresno County Superior Court said Lisa Marie Alarcon was guilty. Two jurors said she was not guilty. One juror was undecided.
Because it was not unanimous, Judge John Vogt declared a mistrial, meaning prosecutors can retry Alarcon on the attempted murder charges.
Alarcon showed little emotion when the mistrial was announced, other than to smile. If she had been convicted, she would have faced life in prison.
During the trial, she testified she didn't shoot her parents.
Her attorney, Scott Baly, said Alarcon -- the single mother of a 9-year-old son -- had no reason to shoot her parents. "She was a good mother and a good daughter," he told the jury.
But prosecutor Brian Hutchins said Alarcon's life spiraled out of control after abusing drugs. He contended Alarcon borrowed a gun from her gangster boyfriend and sneaked up to the front of her parents' home on Belmont Avenue near First Street. She then fired several rounds through their bedroom window about 3 a.m. Aug. 11, 2012, Hutchins said.
Steve and Paula Alarcon were shot in their legs and needed to be hospitalized.
Hutchins told jurors Alarcon had an uneasy relationship with her parents. They didn't approve of her boyfriend and in the past, they had called Child Protective Services and police on her for abusing drugs and being a bad mother.
Hutchins also said Lisa Alarcon never contacted her parents in the hospital or inquired about their medical condition. She was arrested five days later at her boyfriend's home after police surrounded the residence.
Alarcon would have "gotten away with it," Hutchins told jurors, but her neighbor, Manuel Barbosa -- and her bad driving -- spoiled her plan.
"It was an inside job," he said in closing arguments.
Barbosa testified that he saw Lisa Alarcon sneak up to her parents home, pull out a revolver and fire through their bedroom window at least five times. She then jumped into her sports utility vehicle, but the vehicle hit a pole before it sped off, Barbosa said.
In a 911 call, Barbosa told a police dispatcher that he saw his neighbor's daughter shoot into her parents' home. He also told the jury that he told a wounded Steve Alarcon: "It was your daughter who did it."
When Alarcon's SUV hit the pole, it damaged the rear light, Hutchins said. Police later matched the damaged rear light to the debris found at the pole, he told the jury.
But Lisa Alarcon testified that she had hit the pole earlier that day. Baly also told jurors that Alarcon's parents don't know who shot them, and that Barbosa shouldn't be trusted because he has a prison record. He also didn't get a good look at the shooter because the street lights around the Alarcon home were out, Baly said.
The jury deliberated three days. During deliberations, they had Barbosa's testimony read back to them, as well as Lisa Alarcon's and her mother's.
Wednesday, the jury forewoman told the judge that the initial vote was 7-5 and another vote was 3-3-6, but she didn't say which way the panel was leaning. But she did say: "We have people on both sides who say there is no possible way they will change their position."
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