After a month-long jury trial, Judge Richard Romero in Long Beach declared a mistrial in a case of a 2013 shootout among Jamaican drug dealers which left three of them dead at an apartment in Los Angeles.
The jury voted 7 - 5 to acquit Randall Weir and Howard Williams of all charges. The judge found the jury was "hopelessly deadlocked" after three days of deliberations and granted the mistrial at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 16.
The district attorney's case depended largely on the testimony of other drug dealers who had survived the melee and the majority of the jury did not find the testimony to be credible. Further, despite eyewitness accounts of the shooting by these individuals, the jury still found the testimony to not be credible and 7 members of the jury voted for acquittal.
Mr. Weir was represented by attorney Fred G. Minassian of Glendale who had originally faced the death penalty for the triple-homicide but later the prosecution sought life without the possibility of parole.
The two men remain in custody pending a decision by the district attorney's office as to whether there will be a second trial. The next court date in Long Beach department 21 is July 7, 2016.
Following the late Friday afternoon declaration of a mistrial, Fred Minassian said on behalf of the defense team: "We started this journey in search of the truth and it is a great day where jurors are courageous enough to stand up for the truth.”