Mistrial declared after jury deadlocks in murder trial

Published On: May 31 2013 02:26:04 PM HST

A Superior Court judge declared a mistrial Friday after the jury in the first-degree murder trial of a Durham man failed to reach a unanimous verdict.

Jurors deliberated for more than 10 hours over three days and told Durham County Judge Orlando Hudson that they were deadlocked 11-1 in favor of guilt.

Prosecutors said Raven Abaroa, 33, fatally stabbed his wife, Janet Abaroa, 25, three times in their Durham home on April 26, 2005.

Abaroa has said he was playing soccer and returned home to find his wife on the floor. He was arrested nearly five years later in Idaho, where he lived with the couple's son, who was 6 months old when his mother was killed.

The prosecutors said they intend to retry Abaroa.


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