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Venegas To Be Retried Soon for Burning Death of Burney Store Clerk

Juan Venegas was tried once for the murder of Burney store clerk David Wicks, but the jury deadlocked. The retrial starts soon.

Posted: Oct 20, 2018 4:21 PM
Updated: Oct 22, 2018 2:19 PM

REDDING, Calif. - The second trial is about to start for a Redding man accused in the burning death of a store clerk in Burney.

Jury selection is underway for the re-trial of 41-year-old Juan Venegas for murder, mayhem and torture charges.

54-year-old David Wicks died after being set on fire at his job at a gas station convenience store in December of 2016.

A mistrial was declared during the first trial for Venegas in August of 2017 because, after more than a week of deliberation, the jury could not reach a consensus on whether or not Venegas committed the crime.

With more than 100 potential witnesses, the new trial is expected to last into December.

Venegas faces life in prison if he is convicted.

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