Jury fails to reach verdict in attempted murder trial

April 23, 1995|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer

An Anne Arundel Circuit Court judge declared a mistrial Friday after a jury failed to reach a verdict in the trial for a Beltsville man charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a used car salesman in a dispute over a car sold to a friend.

Judge H. Chester Goudy Jr. declared the mistrial when jurors told him after 7 1/2 hours of deliberation that they couldn't agree on a verdict. Prosecutors said they would retry Giavanni Pickett, 31, of the 7800 block of Muirkirk Road.

Jurors said that they were deadlocked 10-2 in favor of a conviction and that one juror particularly could not be persuaded.

Assistant State's Attorney Warren W. Davis III said he would study a transcript of the three-day trial, but likely would use the same strategy when he retries the case.

Mr. Pickett remains in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on $150,000 bail. He is charged with shooting 30-year-old Wander Pereira through a window of the victim's home in the 8800 block of Enfield Court in Laurel on Oct. 3.

The shooting occurred about three hours after Mr. Pereira threatened to call the police during a dispute with Mr. Pickett at the dealership where Mr. Pereira worked, Car-Port Auto Sales on Route 1 in Laurel, according to testimony.

Mr. Pereira told jurors he was shot once in the right shoulder

about 8:30 p.m. Mr. Pickett testified he was at his fiance's house in College Park at the time of the shooting. His attorney, Keith Gross, emphasized that the gun never was found.

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