Jury Deadlocks in 5-year-old’s Halloween Killing in 2010
A downtown L.A. jury failed to reach a verdict Tuesday in the murder case of a man accused in the fatal shooting of a young boy wearing a Spider-Man costume on Halloween.
After deliberating for three days, the jury deadlocked 10-2, in favor of convicting Leonard Hall Jr., 25, his attorney Carol Ojo said.
Tuesday’s decision marked the second time a jury has failed to reach a unanimous verdict in the case against Hall. In 2013, jurors deadlocked 9 to 3 in favor of conviction.
Prosecutors describe Hall and Marcus Denson, 23, as gang members who entered an alley in a rival gang’s territory on Halloween in 2010 and fired gunshots. A bullet struck 5-year-old Aaron Shannon Jr. in the head, prosecutors say. He died at a hospital the next day.
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