Jury deadlocked in Yazdi murder trial

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by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on October 22, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 22 at 10:45 PM

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas -- The Williamson County jury in the Fred Yazdi trial were sequestered Tuesday night. The jury became deadlocked after deliberating in the guilt or innocence phase for nine hours.

Yazdi, 49, is charged with shooting and killing Enrique Recio, 23, outside his Avery Ranch home in February 2012. Investigators say Recio wrecked his car and walked down the street toward Yazdi's house the morning of the crash looking for help. Yazdi shot Recio three times while he stood about 100 feet from Yazdi's home. Yazdi claimed he shot Recio in self-defense.

Among the questions presented to the judge, the issue of self-defense caused the 12-person jury to deadlock 6-6.
 
The judge told the jury it would take about an hour to research the answer, so he suggested they return to court Wednesday at 9 a.m. to resume deliberations.
 
If convicted, Yazdi could receive anywhere from five to 99 years.

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