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Hung Jury for Second Time in Juan Venegas Case

For the second time in the murder trial of Juan Venegas, the jury could not reach a unanimous decision and declare a verdict in the case.

Posted: Jan 18, 2019 2:41 PM
Updated: Jan 18, 2019 4:24 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - For the second time in the murder trial of Juan Venegas, the jury could not reach a unanimous decision and declare a verdict in the case. 

The jurors have been in deliberation since Jan. 3 and during that time, two jurors had to be replaced by alternates, forcing deliberations to start over each time. 

Venegas, 41, is accused of setting David Wicks, 51, of Burney, on fire while he worked at a Burney gas station. 

Venegas was arrested in connection to the case on charges of murder, mayhem and torture. If convicted, he faces life in prison. 

Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett announced that a  new trial is set to begin on March 12. 

"We believe that the defendant Juan Venegas is responsible for the death of Dave Wicks. We will continue to fight to hold him responsible for that death. Today, we did set jury trials for March 12." 

The case will be going back to court in March and at that point, Venegas will have been in jail for two years and two months.

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