September 30, 2014
AUBURN, Calif. (AP) - For the second time, a Placer County jury is unable to decide whether to convict a nanny accused of shaking a
baby to death in 2006.
Superior Court Judge Colleen Nichols declared a mistrial for Veronica Martinez Salcedo after jurors deadlocked nine to three in favor of acquittal Thursday.
Salcedo was being tried for the second time on a charge of assault causing the death of a 16-month-old Roseville girl. The first trial also ended in a deadlocked jury last year.
Prosecutors are considering seeking a third trial.
The case took an odd political turn early this month when the judge let the trial continue even though a letter written by the baby's parents was distributed by a congressional candidate. Salcedo's attorney said the political letter could have tainted jurors.
Information from: Auburn Journal, http://www.auburnjournal.com
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