A mistrial was declared Tuesday in the murder trial of Dexter Brazeal, who is suspected of shooting a man to death in southwest Fresno nearly three years ago.
A Fresno County Superior Court jury deliberated over two days before telling Judge Gary Hoff they were hopelessly deadlocked.
Nine jurors voted to find Brazeal, 30, not guilty of murdering Wayne Devine, said defense attorney Linden Lindahl, who defended Brazeal. Three jurors said he was guilty.
Because the vote was not unanimous, Hoff declared a mistrial, giving prosecutor Noelle Pebet an opportunity to retry Brazeal.
Devine, 35, was shot multiple times in broad daylight at the Kearney Cooley Plaza apartment complex in southwest Fresno on July 7, 2012.
During the trial, Deeshone Standifer, who has known Brazeal most of his life, testified that he saw Brazeal shoot Devine. Lindahl, however, told the jury that Standifer actually killed Devine and that he waited four days before he gave police a statement about the killing.
Lindahl also told the jury that Brazeal wasn’t at the apartment complex when Devine was shot; he was playing video games at a relative’s home.
A motive for the killing was never revealed.
If convicted of murder, Brazeal would have faced life in prison.