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Jurors Deadlock on Manslaughter Charge Against Rapper, Former Bodyguard

February 21, 1996

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.


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