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Old Apr 30th, 2005, 05:50 AM   #1
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Mistrial declared in Compton murder of tennis stars' half-sister

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.
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Old Apr 30th, 2005, 05:52 AM   #2
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Well I just don't understand what's the problem??

So the family has to go through yet again one more trial..........
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Old Apr 30th, 2005, 05:53 AM   #3
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I also don't appreciate them calling Yetunde their half sister everyone knows they were not raised like that....:
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Old Apr 30th, 2005, 05:56 AM   #4
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I dislike the half sister comment, not necessary when the distinction matters not to the family. Is there any word on the custody Yetunde's children?
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I don't know I just assumed Oracene has them.....but maybe their dad has custody?? or was she a widow?
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I think Oracene has them
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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.
Damn, yesterday was such a nice day. What is the holdup????? I am of the opinion that this is what drove Vee near the edge. She has probably been asking "Why" ever since it happened, and the kids, how long before some closure on this abomination??????????
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Old Apr 30th, 2005, 03:52 PM   #8
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I just wonder what the 'One' Juror was thinking that made the guy innoncent?
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I also don't appreciate them calling Yetunde their half sister everyone knows they were not raised like that....:
Yeah, I think that is so ridiculous. It's their SISTER regardless.
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This is just so awful. Why can't they just convict this loser? It makes no sense at all how one juror caused this mistrial.
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This is just so awful. Why can't they just convict this loser? It makes no sense at all how one juror caused this mistrial.
at that one juror!!! How much can this family withstand?? Thank God they are a close knit one!!!!! Nothing like the love and support of family...something Vee and Rena express over and over again!!!
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I don't get it. If the jury voted 11 to 1 to convict Robert Maxfield of murdering Yetunde Price why is there a mistrial? I feel for the William's/Price family. There is no closure for them.

I would like to hear from the lone juror who did not vote to convict Maxfield. It's very puzzling.
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I don't get it. If the jury voted 11 to 1 to convict Robert Maxfield of murdering Yetunde Price why is there a mistrial? I feel for the William's/Price family. There is no closure for them.

I would like to hear from the lone juror who did not vote to convict Maxfield. It's very puzzling.
Vote has to be unanimous.
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What are the facts behind Yetunde's children? and why is there a custody battle? I would have naturally thought the father should be given custody over Oracene, but I don't actually know the facts or details
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Thanks, I'm happy Oracene has the children
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