Jurors Deadlock on Manslaughter Charge Against Rapper, Former Bodyguard
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Jurors who acquitted rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg and his former bodyguard of murder deadlocked on a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter Wednesday.
The jurors said they deadlocked 9-3 in favor of acquittal in the shooting death of a gang member.
``It now appears to the court that the jury is hopelessly deadlocked and I have declared a mistrial,″ said Superior Court Judge Paul G. Flynn.
The jurors also acquitted the rapper, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, of a separate charge of accessory after the fact in the Aug. 25, 1993, killing death of 20-year-old Philip Woldemariam.
The mistrial only applies to the manslaughter charges.
Broadus, dressed in a dark pinstriped suit and his hair pulled back in a braid, showed little emotion when the verdict was read by the court bailiff.
The judge set a status conference for March 18. He reduced the bail of each defendant from $1 million to $100,000 each and removed electronic monitoring but warned them to show up in court.