A judge declared a mistrial Thursday after a jury could not decide whether an Oklahoma City man killed a rival gang member.
Jurors deliberated about seven hours and were deadlocked 7-5 when Oklahoma County District Judge Donald L. Deason called the mistrial. It was unclear whether jurors were deadlocked in favor of conviction or acquittal.
Corey Dean Sellers, 30, is charged with first-degree murder in the Feb. 26, 2009, shooting death of Neiman Edward Mornes, 21.
Mornes' body was found near the parking lot of the Summerscape Apartments at 3400 SE 44. Witnesses said they heard him arguing with two black males shortly before he was shot.
Prosecutors alleged that Sellers, a high-level member of the Playboy Crips, targeted Mornes, a Sunnyside Bloods member, because he was selling drugs in Playboy territory.
A prosecution witness who lived at the apartment complex, where Mornes was killed and a friend was shot at as she drove away, testified that Sellers asked him to hide a gun the night of the shootings and returned the next day to retrieve it.