Mistrial declared in murder trial after jury deadlocks

Jurors told a San Mateo County Superior Court judge Monday they have deadlocked in the murder trial of Josue Orozco, the youngest person to be tried as an adult for murder in the county's history.

The jurors told Judge Barbara Mallach they deadlocked 7-5 for guilty, according to Assistant District Attorney Karen
Guidotti. Mallach discharged the jury and declared a mistrial.

On Jan. 12, the district attorney's office will announce whether it will retry the case, Guidotti said.

Prosecutors allege that Orozco, now 19, shot and killed 21-year-old Francisco Rodriguez on July 12, 2005, over a perceived disrespect
between rival gangs.

Orozco was 14 at the time of the shooting. In February 2008, he also gained notoriety as the only person to escape San Mateo County Youth
Services Center, where he was in custody. Authorities tracked him down in Texas in August 2008.

Orozco and defense attorney Raymond Buenaventura told jurors that another man, Faustino Ayala, killed Rodriguez over gang rivalries and
intimidated the younger Orozco into confessing to the crime. Orozco testified that he is not a member of the Sureno street gang.

Jurors heard closing statements from both sides Dec. 4, and began deliberations that same day.

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