Mistrial in Sucuzhanay Hate Crime Trial
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of the second man charged with a hate crime in the death of Ecuadorean immigrant Jose Sucuzhanay. The jury was deadlocked in the case around 9 p.m. last night after one juror refused to continue deliberations.
Keith Phoenix was accused of beating Sucuzhanay with a baseball bat as he walked arm-in-arm with his brother in Brooklyn in 2008. Prosecutors say Phoenix and co-defendant Hakim Scott targeted them because they thought the brothers were gay.
Scott was convicted in a separate trial last week of manslaughter and attempted assault in the attack, but he was acquitted of hate crime charges.