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Murder case that ended in a shocking mistrial set for new trial next month

The case against 26-year-old Izak Lucero set for retrial in September

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - After an unexpected mistrial in the murder case against Izak Lucero, the state will get another opportunity to prosecute him in later this year.

Izak Lucero, 26, is facing a second-degree murder charge, among others, in connection to the death of Luis Delgadillo who was shot and killed at the Econo Lodge Motel nearly two-years ago.

Thursday in Yuma County Superior Court, the two sides were ready to proceed and set trials dates for the retrial against Lucero, who once again denied a plea offer from the state.

Back in January, Lucero rejected the initial plea offer from the state that would have reduced his sentence to 25-years in prison, setting up a jury trial where the state was pursuing a natural life sentence on consecutive charges.

This meaning, if convicted, Lucero would be sentenced to life behind bars.

But after nearly one-month of proceedings, the jury deliberated for less than a day after the closing arguments and could not come up with a unanimous ruling.

Superior Court Judge Roger Nelson declared the mistrial after receiving a note from the jury saying they could not come to an agreement on the charges - also known as a "deadlock."

The retrial has been set for a four-week period at the end of September through October of this year.

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