A murder trial of a man accused of killing a prominent grape grower resulted in a hung jury Thursday.
The judge declared a mistrial in the trial of a 25-year-old Mariano Fernandez Perez. Perez was accused in the murder of Jakov Dulcich.
The jury was deadlocked, unable to reach a unanimous not guilty verdict. The jury was one vote from reaching an acquittal.
Dulcich was the founder of a number of local businesses including Pretty Lady Vineyards and Dulcich and Sons Incorporated.
Investigators say Perez fired into Dulcich’s vehicle on a roadway near Delano in April.
Court documents said Perez didn’t provide any insight into a possible motive into the killing and denied having a reason to kill Dulcich.
Perez’s attorney told 17 News, the trial was a “complete injustice” and the prosecution did not have concrete evidence implicating Perez.
The District Attorney’s office declined comment when reached for comment.
A new trial date is set for early November.