September 23, 2014
MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) - A man charged with murdering a rival outside a San Pablo liquor store is headed for a third trial after another jury deadlocked in his case.
A judge declared a second mistrial for 34-year-old Milton Scott on Friday, after a Contra Costa County jury said it had come to an impasse with an 11-1 vote to convict him of second-degree murder.
Scott's first mistrial had ended with a 10-2 vote in favor of conviction.
Authorities say Scott and the victim, 29-year-old Lemech Nelson, had a history of animosity and that Scott allegedly had shot Nelson once before. When the two ran into each other at the J&M Liquor store on March 12, 2005, Scott allegedly returned with a gun and shot Nelson as he exited the store.
Deputy District Attorney Thomas Kensok says prosecutors will proceed with a third trial.
Information from: Contra Costa Times
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