Hung jury in trial of man accused of killing mayor's nephew

Jurors deadlocked on whether a man shot and killed Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin's nephew in self-defense.

Posted: Jun 16, 2018 11:33 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Jurors deadlocked on whether a man shot and killed Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin's nephew in self-defense.

Al.com reports no verdict was reached for 25-year-old Daniel Jelks, aka Two Gunz Vito, and the trial ended in a hung jury Thursday.

Jelks faced a charge of murder in 17-year-old Ralph Woodfin III's Aug. 11, 2017 shooting death.

Jelks told police Woodfin was trying to rob him; police said the two were arguing over guns and a stolen car

The trial began Tuesday, and jurors began deliberating Wednesday. Earlier Thursday, Jefferson County Circuit Judge Laura Petro, asked jurors to keep deliberating. When they came back and still had not decided, she declared a mistrial.

According to court records, a new trial date will be set "as soon as possible."

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