One Juror Deadlocks Police Trial In Shooting of Caretaker

A jury acquitted a police officer of one misdemeanor charge but deadlocked on three other charges Friday after the officer wounded an unarmed caretaker when shooting at an autistic man.

North Miami police officer Jonathan Aledda testified that he believed a silver toy in the hand of autistic man Arnaldo Rios Soto was a gun and that Rios was holding his caretaker, Charles Kinsey, hostage, according to the Miami Herald.

Five members of the Florida jury believed his testimony and voted to acquit him of all charges, but one juror held out, acquitting him of a culpable negligence charge but leaving the judge to declare a mistrial on two counts of felony attempted manslaughter and one count of culpable negligence, according to the Herald.

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