Jury Deadlocks in 5-year-old’s Halloween Killing in 2010

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Mistrial in Halloween Killing of Boy iDRessed as Spider-Man

Five-year-old Aaron Shannon Jr. was shot in the head in his backyard on Halloween in 2010 while preparing to go trick-or-treating.

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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