YAKIMA, Wash.-- The judge in the Sebastian Looney case declared a mistrial today after jurors could not agree whether to charge him with robbery.
Prosecutors say Looney shot 21-year-old Gary Snell and hid the body under his grandmother's front porch. The jury found him innocent of premeditated first-degree murder. Prosecutors could still charge him with felony first-degree murder because the jury could not agree on the robbery charges.
"They were given two choices with respect to the murder counts and that was to either find premeditated murder or felony murder... because they couldn't reach a decision on the robbery count they obviously couldn't consider the felony murder issue," says Defense Attorney Chad Dold.
The prosecutor would not talk to us about what he plans to do next. In the meantime, Looney will remain in jail.