Mistrial in Halloween killing of Los Angeles boy

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Updated: 3/29/2013 3:17 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mistrial has been declared in the case of an alleged Los Angeles gang member accused of fatally shooting a 5-year-old boy who was posing for pictures in his Spider-Man costume on Halloween 2010.

The judge ruled Friday after the jury deadlocked on charges against Leonard Hall Jr.

City News Service reports the split was 9-3, with the majority favoring conviction on a murder charge and two counts of attempted murder.

Little Aaron Shannon Jr. was killed by a gunshot to the head in the backyard of his South Los Angeles home on Oct. 31, 2010. His grandfather and uncle were wounded.

The defense disputed eyewitness identifications linking Hall to the killing.

A co-defendant earlier pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and two counts of attempted murder, and is awaiting sentencing.


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