Jury Deadlocked in Stepfather Slaying Case

Defendant's sister to stand trial in January

After only one full day of deliberations, jurors said they are deadlocked in deciding the fate of a man accused of killing his stepfather.

Nathaniel Gann, 20, is charged with the murder of Timothy MacNeil, a criminal defense attorney in July 2007.  Gann is also charged with a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait and an allegation that he personally discharged a firearm.

Closing arguments were heard in court on Tuesday.  On Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., the court clerk was notified by jurors that they were deadlocked in the case at 6-4-2.  Jurors did not indicate which way they were leaning.  The judge instructed the jury that it's too early to be deadlocked and told them to continue deliberating on Thursday.

Prosecutors allege Gann killed MacNeil in his Rolando home with the help of his sister, Brae Hansen, 19.  The prosecution alleged that Hansen was mad at MacNeil and that the pair tried to make the slaying look like a phony home invasion robbery.

Gann's attorney said his client had no motive and that Gann was going to college in Arizona, and did not feel any animosity towards his stepfather.

Hansen confessed to planning the murder with Gann, according to police. Defense attorneys, however, maintain that her rights were violated.  She is scheduled to go to trial in January.

Gann faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.

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