Saturday, February 8, 2014

Bulletin: Toronto; Ronnie Munoz-Hernandez: Toronto Star reports that a hung jury has been declared on second-degree murder trial in the death of his girlfriend's 5-month-old baby; Defence lawyer suggested the baby's mother had shaken the baby, causing brain injury. Reporter Alyshah Hasham;

STORY: "Hung jury declared in Baby Adriel trial," by reporter  Alyshah Hasham, published by the Toronto Star on February 8, 2014;

SUB-HEADING:  "Jurors were  unable to agree on a verdict on the second-degree murder charge against Ronnie Munoz-Hernandez, in the death of his girlfriends 5-month-old baby."

GIST: "A jury has failed to reach a unanimous verdict in the second-degree murder trial of Ronny Munoz-Hernandez in the death of his girlfriend’s 5-month-old son, Adriel DaSilva Garcia. The jury, which had been deliberating for about two days on the case, received encouragement Friday evening from Justice Nola Garton to continue trying to reach unanimity, apparently to no avail. Garton declared a mistrial and dismissed the jury at about 6 p.m. Saturday, after the jurors were unable to reach a verdict. The next steps in the case will be determined on Feb. 19.......... The Crown argued that Munoz-Hernandez caused the fatal injuries in a rage while babysitting Adriel the day before he was hospitalized. Munoz-Hernandez admitted to accidentally dropping Adriel in the bathroom that day, but the defence suggested the boy’s mother was responsible for causing the fatal injuries.........During the trial defence lawyer Paula Rochman suggested that DaSilva was an irresponsible mother who came home drunk from the wedding at around 3 a.m. and in frustration shook Adriel, causing the brain injury. Rochman also suggested that Adriel had been assaulted by his mother before that day."

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