PRESCOTT, Ariz. - A jury decided it could not reach a verdict in the case of an Arizona man charged in the 1997 shooting and killing of his ex-girlfriend.
The jury in the case of Cecilio Cruz deadlocked Friday after 10 hours of deliberation, said Yavapai Superior Court Deputy Administrator Julie Malinowski. The jurors were released and prosecutors have 60 days to retry the case.
Cruz, 40, was charged in the 1997 killing of Marisol Gonzalez, who was shot in the head when the two were 17-years-old, the Verde Independent reported.
Cruz was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Gonzalez, and manslaughter in the death of her baby, Andrew, who she was scheduled to deliver the next day. The trial began on Nov. 2.
Cruz's defense attorney said the lack of a murder weapon found was an important facet of the case.