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George Cole, center, a former Bell City Council member, listens to the judge as a guilty verdict is read in his trial on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Los Angeles. Cole and four former elected officials Bell were convicted of multiple counts of misappropriation of public funds, and a sixth defendant was cleared entirely.
A mistrial was declared Thursday afternoon on the remaining charges against five former Bell elected officials.
Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy had asked jurors to decide whether further deliberations would help break a deadlock on the remaining charges.
The judge noted, however, that based on a flurry of testy communications from the panel, "It seems to me that all hell has broken loose in the jury deliberation room."
The defendants had been convicted of counts related to the city’s Solid Waste and Recycling Authority, but acquitted on counts related to the Public Housing Authority.
The jury had deadlocked on charges related to pay for service on two additional boards.
On Wednesday, the jury had reached the following conclusions:
Former Councilman Luis Artiga was acquitted on all charges.