Mistrial Declared in Silvestri Murder Case
He's accused of murdering a UF student three years ago. Today Frankie Silvestri waited to find out whether a jury would convict him. After two weeks of testimony, and a full day of deliberation, Silvestri is still waiting. After ten hours of deliberation, the jury finally reached a decision. They decided, not to decide. It was a hung jury.
Silversti was found guilty on two of the charges, the arson and tampering with evidence charge. But when it came to the murder charge, the jury just couldn't make a decision. They were finally excused at 6:50 p.m.
Prosecutors say this means they have to do the whole thing over again. "In some ways we're frustrated with that but we can understand the tough job that a jury has to do in a very serious charge like this," said Spencer Mann with the State Attorney's Office. "So we understand the difficulty sometimes in reaching a decision on this case."
So after two weeks worth of testimony and evidence, both the prosecution and defense are back to the drawing board. The focus now is on the murder charge.
the jury can find Silvesti guilty of 1st degree murder, 2nd degree murder, manslaughter, or can find him not guilty at all. The judge says they'll pick this up again on November 6th, where they'll hold the pre-trial conference for the first count.
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