Mistrial Declared In Santa Paula Double Murder Case After Jurors Are Unable To Reach A Verdict

Tuesday March 24, 2020

     The judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the Santa Paula double murder case where a man was charged in the shooting deaths of his estranged wife and her boyfriend in 1993.

      The mistrial was declared after a Ventura County Superior Court jury said it was "hopelessly deadlocked" and could not reach a unanimous verdict in the case of 50-year-old Everardo Alamillo.

   Alamillo is charged with the 1993 shooting deaths of his estranged wife and her boyfriend in Santa Paula.

   He fled to Mexico after the killings but was returned in 2016 after Ventura County prosecutors agreed to Mexico's demand not to seek the death penalty.

   There were indications Monday that the jury, which started deliberations on March 12th, was possibly having trouble reaching a verdict.

   The judge ordered the jury back to deliberations Tuesday in an effort to try to break the deadlock but they were unable to do that.

   Jury deliberations have been disrupted and interrupted by the restrictions placed on the courthouse by the concerns over the coronavirus.

    Alamillo remains in the Ventura County Jail on no bail and prosecutors say they will retry him at a new trial.

     A new trial was set for May 22nd.