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Mistrial declared for man accused of killing 83-year-old in 2019

Slide Court Report

Jurors were unable to reach a unanimous verdict Friday in the trial of Mario Avalos Jr., who is accused of killing an 83-year-old man in 2019.

Law enforcement says Avalos attacked 83-year-old Ronald True while he was sleeping. At one point, Avalos told police he was at a convenience store while the alleged assault took place.

Before he died, True named Avalos as his attacker, according to police reports.

The hung jury resulted in a mistrial. Prosecutors will reconsider the evidence and reenter negotiations with Avalos, according to Kern County District Attorney spokesman Joseph Kinzel, before a new trial begins.