Mistrial in Resiles murder case as jury fails to agree on verdict

The judge has declared a mistrial in the Dayonte Resiles murder case after the jury sent notice Wednesday that they could not reach a unanimous decision on any charge after more than five days of deliberations.

Resiles, 27, was accused of killing 59-year-old Jill Halliburton Su in her Davie home in 2014.

Shortly after noon, Broward Circuit Judge John J. Murphy shook hands with each juror and thanked them. He set Jan. 3 as the date to pick a new jury for a retrial.

Around 9 p.m. Tuesday the family of the defendant and the family of the victim returned to the courtroom when the jury said they had reached a verdict.

But after that manslaughter verdict was read, Murphy quickly learned those jurors were not unanimous in their decision. Upon paneling the jurors individually, the first one said she did not agree with that verdict.

“You need to go back to the jury room and continue with your deliberations,” the judge said.

They returned Wednesday morning for a sixth day of deliberations and still couldn’t reach a unanimous decision.

The jury was trying to decide between manslaughter — which could carry a maximum sentence of 30 years — or first-degree murder, which in the case of Resiles could result in the death penalty.

Prosecutors said Su interrupted Resiles as he was burglarizing her home on Sept. 8, 2014. Evidence showed the 59-year-old woman was bound at the hands and feet, forced into a bathtub and stabbed about 25 times, according to court testimony.

Resiles pleaded not guilty. While DNA evidence placed Resiles at the scene, defense lawyers questioned whether the evidence was contaminated.

Resiles also faces criminal charges from a 2016 escape attempt. Resiles unlocked his shackles and fled from a hearing at the courthouse, resulting in a six-day manhunt.

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