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March 16, 2007

Confused/Angry: Mistrial

From CBS 2:

Jury Deadlocks In Transient Kills Waiter Trial

(CBS) LOS ANGELES A mistrial was declared Thursday in the case of a transient accused of fatally stabbing an aspiring actor near The Grove shopping center.

The jury said it was deadlocked 11-1 in favor of convicting Kim McMurray, 44, who is charged with murder for the April 17, 2005, slaying of Eric Gelman.

He is accused of using a knife to stab Gelman in the 7900 block of West First Street, shortly after Gelman finished his shift at Marmalade Cafe in The Grove, where he waited tables.

Gelman, originally from Florida, had come to Los Angeles to become an actor, officials said.

He had recently landed a role on the TV show "Monk," according to a manager at the cafe where Gelman had worked for two years. After his death, another episode, "Mr. Monk Goes to Vegas," was dedicated to his memory, according to his mother, Lynn.

Gelman's family established a scholarship fund in his honor at Goucher College in Baltimore, where he graduated in 1995.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson ordered both sides to return to court April 12.

Previous entries on Eric Gelman are here, here, and here.

Get back to court and get this RIGHT, jurors.

Posted by bonnie at March 16, 2007 6:51 PM

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