Mistrial declared in Compton murder of tennis stars' half-sisterApril 29, 2005
COMPTON, Calif. (AP) -- A judge declared a second mistrial Friday in the murder case against one of two men in the fatal shooting of the half-sister of Venus and Serena Williams
The jury reported it was 11-1 in favor of convicting Robert Edward Maxfield, the district attorney's office said.
Maxfield, 24, was accused of killing Yetunde Price with a shot in the back of the head while the woman sat in an SUV driven by her boyfriend, who was not injured.
In November, another jury deadlocked with five jurors voting to convict Maxfield, six favoring acquittal and one unable to decide, prosecutors said. The district attorney's office said Maxfield would be tried a third time starting June 28 in Superior Court.
A judge has dismissed charges against another suspect in the case, Aaron Michael Hammer, who was accused of shooting at Price but not firing the shots that killed her. State law allows a murder charge for taking part in a crime in which a person is killed by someone else. Price, 31, of Corona, owned a beauty shop and was also a personal assistant to her sisters, who began their tennis careers in Compton. Prosecutors said Maxfield was seeking revenge on another gang when he shot at the SUV carrying Price.