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Nov 7, 2013 3:40 PM

Prosecutors to Seek New Murder Trial for Mireles

CORPUS CHRISTI - Nueces County prosecutors notified the defense team of Lawrence Mireles that they plan to take the case back to court on a murder charge after a mistrial was declared late Wednesday.

Mireles is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, 16-year-old Jenna Hernandez, in June of 2012. The prosecution claimed that Hernandez was killed to keep her from testifying against Josh Davis, who's a longtime friend of Mireles.

Hernandez was shot in the head and left on Stedman Island near Aransas Pass.

The defense claimed there is no physical evidence to tie Mireles to the crime.

Jurors started deliberating just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Around 6:30 p.m., jurors told Judge David Stith they were unable to reach a decision. However, he instructed them to continue discussions.

Two hours later, jurors came back in the courtroom and officially announced a hung jury.

There's no word yet on when a new trial will begin. Mireles will remain in jail on a $1 million bond.

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