Mistrial declared again in homeless camp killing

March 6, 2019

SEATTLE (AP) — For the second time, a King County jury has failed to reach a unanimous verdict in the trial of two brothers accused of fatally shooting two people and wounding three others in 2016 in a Seattle homeless encampment known as the Jungle.

The Seattle Times reports the jury deliberated for five days before a mistrial was announced Tuesday, according to King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg’s spokesman.

It wasn’t known if prosecutors will try James and Jerome Taafulisia a third time.

The brothers, who were 16 and 17 at the time, were accused of storming the camp, accompanied by their 13-year-old brother, intending to rob a drug dealer. Jeanine Zapata and James Tran were shot to death and three others also were shot.

The 13-year-old was convicted of murder and assault in juvenile court. He will remain in custody until his 20th birthday.


Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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