Jury deadlocks, judge declares mistrial PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 11:10

By ROBERT PIERCE
• Daily Leader
The man tried in the second case regarding an alleged carjacking in January will have his case retried in February 2011.
Jurors were handed the case for Bobby Stensland, 19, at 4 p.m. Monday, and after deliberating for several hours Tuesday, the foreman informed District Judge Clint Peterson that the panel could not come to agreement on two of the six charges facing the defendant. The judge then declared a mistrial.
Prior to the case’s end, jurors requested watching a video interview between lead detective Russell Almes and co-defendant Jose Gil, 25. After viewing the video, the panel returned to the jury room around 4 p.m. Tuesday, and around 5 p.m., they were called into the courtroom for the decision.
Stensland’s attorney, Derek Miller, made a motion to reduce the defendant’s bond from $250,000 to $50,000 because of the time he has already served. Prosecutor Russell Hasenbank argued that the state feels Stensland is still a dangerous individual and a slight risk and danger to the community.
Peterson agreed with Hasenbank and left the bond at $250,000. Stensland is charged with one count each of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, attempted theft of property of at least $1,000 but less than $25,000, criminal damage to property and burglary.
The case will be reheard starting Feb. 8, 2011.
Stensland and Gil, along with Juan Garza, 26, and Matthew Perez, 27, were arrested between Jan. 29 and March 1 by authorities in Ford and Finney counties, according to a statement from Liberal Police Capt. Pat McClurg.
Those arrests came following the alleged Jan. 10 incident in which a handicapped victim was forced out of his vehicle without his wheelchair and had to crawl for help.
The victim’s Blazer was later recovered in Finney County.

 

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