Juan Martinez, the star prosecutor in the Jodi Arias murder trial, got another hung jury Tuesday, this time in the case against a former Arizona cop accused of shooting an unarmed man and his dog while responding to a domestic dispute call.
Jurors found Richard Chrisman guilty of aggravated assault but couldn't agree on the other charges of murder and animal cruelty.
Chrisman pleaded not guilty to all of the charges against him, saying he shot 29-year-old Daniel Rodriguez and his pitbull in self-defense. Chrisman claimed Rodriguez was reaching for his gun during the October 2010 incident, but Chrisman's partner said the unarmed man posed no threat to either officer, according to HLN affiliate KPHO.
Martinez, who gained notoriety earlier this year for his aggressive and successful conviction of Arias, couldn't get jurors to agree on Arias' sentence. He will continue to pursue the death penalty against Arias during a retrial of the penalty phase, when a new jury will be selected to determine her fate.
Judge Sherry Stephens may schedule a date for that retrial during an October 4 hearing, during which she is also expected to rule on several other motions filed by the defense.