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JURORS DEADLOCK IN MURDER TRIAL.



Byline: Karen Maeshiro Daily News Staff Writer

A jury failed to reach a verdict in the trial of the first of four gang members accused in the March 1995 torture-slaying of a part-time ice-cream truck driver whose sideline was selling marijuana.

The jury deadlocked 10-2 in favor of convicting Kevin Simmons, who with two half brothers and a friend is accused of beating and burning Anthony Readell Hogan in his Lancaster home, where the men had gone to steal drugs and money.

Prosecutors said they intend to try Simmons again, and hope to consolidate his trial with the other three defendants' trial, expected to start this month.

The split in the jury appeared to hinge on Verb 1. hinge on - be contingent on; "The outcomes rides on the results of the election"; "Your grade will depends on your homework"
depend on, depend upon, devolve on, hinge upon, turn on, ride
 the testimony of Simmons' teen-age nephew, who said in court that his uncle had admitted to him that he was involved in Hogan's killing.

The holdout hold·out  
n.
One that withholds agreement or consent upon which progress is contingent.

Noun 1. holdout - a negotiator who hopes to gain concessions by refusing to come to terms; "their star pitcher was a holdout for six
 jurors didn't believe the nephew, said defense attorney Michael Belter belter
Noun

Slang an outstanding person or event: a belter of a match 
.

Simmons, 32, his half brothers Robert Adams Robert Adams or the diminutive, Bob Adams, may refer to: Athletes
  • Bob Adams (AL baseball pitcher) (1901–1996), American League baseball pitcher
  • Bob Adams (NL baseball pitcher) (1907–1970), National League baseball pitcher
, 24, and Tommy Simmons III, 36, and friend Archie Dixon were described by investigators as hard-core gang members with prison records. Tommy Simmons III lived down the street from the victim's home in the 3500 block of West Avenue K-10.

All the defendants except Dixon were already in prison for various drug offenses when they were charged in March 1996 as suspects in the slaying. Dixon was arrested a month later at the Oakland airport after detectives followed his girlfriend, who flew up there to meet him.

According to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 court records, Hogan let the four men into his house, then was tied up and gagged in the living room and tortured. Also tortured was Hogan's girlfriend, who was beaten unconscious with a dumbbell Dumbbell

An investment strategy, used mainly for bonds, where holdings are heavily concentrated in both very short and long term maturities.

Notes:
This is also known as a barbell, charting on a timeline gives the appearance of a barbell or dumbbell.
 and remained in a coma for nearly a month after the attack.

The intruders found marijuana, but missed a substantial amount of cash that investigators discovered under a bed, authorities said. They drove off in Hogan's Oldsmobile Cutlass, abandoning it in Pico Rivera.

The girlfriend later filed a lawsuit against Hogan's estate and his estranged es·trange  
tr.v. es·tranged, es·trang·ing, es·trang·es
1. To make hostile, unsympathetic, or indifferent; alienate.

2. To remove from an accustomed place or set of associations.
 wife, claiming he was negligent in allowing the attackers into the house.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Nov 5, 1997
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