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Verdict in Corey Lyons Case
The jury handed down a 7 to 5 decision for not guilty, resulting in a second mistrial. The verdict was read in Department 2.
Lyons was on trial again for allegedly shooting to death his brother, Daniel Lyons, and sister-in-law, Barbara Scharton, inside their home on the Santa Barbara Mesa on May 4, 2009.
The first attempt to prosecute Lyons ended in a mistrial last December. Prosecutors will be back in court May 17. It is expected they will announce then how they will proceed in this case.
Lyons had been involved in a civil lawsuit with his brother who filed a worker’s compensation claim for construction on the couple’s home, and involved a reported $1.2 million in unreported wages.
Second mistrial declared in Santa Barbara double-murder case
Updated: May 5, 2011 12:37 PM
A second mistrial is declared in a double-murder case out of Santa Barbara.
Thursday morning, a jury came back to court following deliberations in the case against Corey Lyons, and announced it could not come to a unanimous decision on a verdict. Lyons is accused of murdering his brother, Daniel, and Barbara Scharton back in May of 2009.
Following Thursday's announcement, a judge declared a mistrial in the case.
An NBC reporter in the courtroom says the jury was seven to five in favor of coming back with a not guilty verdict. One juror said he wanted a verdict of not guilty because he didn't see any evidence that put Lyons at the house in which the killings occurred. Other jurors said they were in favor of a guilty verdict because prosecutors presented evidence that Lyons had gunshot residue on his hands following the alleged murders. Lyons is due back in court on May 17th. That's when Senior Deputy District Attorney Gordon Auchincloss can announce whether he will re-file charges against Lyons.
A mistrial was also declared back in December 2010, due to testimony from one of Lyons' other brothers.
We'll have more on this story on KSBY News at 5 and 6.