WEATHER »

Murder Jury Deadlocks

Remains Undecided on Multiple Counts


A Santa Barbara jury has been sent back to the deliberation room after informing the judge they are split on murder and attempted murder charges against four people alleged to have attacked 16-year-old Lorenzo Carachure and his two friends in July 2007.

The jury foreperson told Judge Brian Hill (sitting in for Judge Clifford Anderson, who is dealing with a family matter) they were split 11-1 on murder charges against all four defendants—Ruben Mize, Raul Diaz, Bryan Medinilla, and Ricardo Nava. Additionally, the jury was split 9-3 on both attempted murder charges. Procedure doesn’t allow for the jury to indicate whether the split was leaning toward guilty or not guilty.

The jury, however, has reached a verdict on the other two counts—one a charge against all four for being members of a criminal street gang, and the other an attempted murder charge against Mize—but those verdicts have yet to be read in open court.

Hill asked the jurors one by one if there was anything the court could do in terms of giving further instructions or feedback, and there was near consensus that a further distinction between first-degree murder and second-degree murder could prove helpful. The jurors had already submitted a similar inquiry earlier in their deliberation—which has been going on since 6/24—but the difference is still a source of some confusion it appears.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Volunteers in Policing Is Looking for 10 Good Men and Women

An eye-opening volunteer program at Santa Barbara Police Department.

Alvarado and Ford File for School Board

Mark M. Alvarado and Kate Ford registered to run for the Santa Barbara Unified school board.

Thousands Received DACA Relief After Lawsuits Filed

Renewal applications have totaled 117,446 since program suspension was overturned.

Bank Robbery Suspect Kills Self in Bathroom

[Update] The suspect in the Goleta Rabobank robbery has been identified as Keith David Goodwin, believed to ...

News-Press’ Found to Owe Union and Employees $2.2 Million

National Labor Relations Board puts money amount on employee losses since 2006.