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Jury unable to reach a verdict in the trial of George Alan Kelly

A mistrial was declared in the case of George Alan Kelly, a Santa Cruz County rancher, who was accused of killing an unarmed migrant. The jury couldn’t reach a verdict after weeks of deliberation, leading to the mistrial declared by Judge Thomas Fink. The case lacked definitive evidence linking Kelly’s rifle to the victim’s death, with his attorneys suggesting that border bandits were responsible. Kelly claimed he fired warning shots towards trespassers on his property. The charges against Kelly ranged from Second Degree Murder to Negligent Homicide, with jurors unable to agree on a verdict. Defense attorney Lowthorp noted one holdout juror believed Kelly to be guilty, while the rest leaned towards acquittal.


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