A judge in Compton, Calif., declared a mistrial yesterday in the case of a man charged with killing the half sister of tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams.
A separate jury deadlocked last week on the co-defendant in the murder case.
Jurors told the court yesterday that five of them had voted to convict Robert E. Maxfield, 24, while six believed he was not guilty and one juror couldn't decide. A mistrial was declared Friday in the case of Aaron M. Hammer, 25, after a separate jury deadlocked in favor of acquittal.
Los Angeles County district attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said she didn't know if prosecutors would seek to retry Maxfield. She said a decision in Hammer's case will be made at a Nov. 22 hearing.
Both suspects were accused of shooting at Yetunde Price, 31, of Corona, but prosecutors alleged the shot that killed her came from Maxfield.
* COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Sophomore guard Chris Paul of Wake Forest was the leading vote-getter on the Associated Press's preseason all-American team. Paul received 55 votes from a national media panel along with four seniors: Lawrence Roberts of Mississippi State (50 votes), Wayne Simien of Kansas (50), Julius Hodge of North Carolina State (41), and Hakim Warrick of Syracuse (33).
* COLLEGE SOCCER: After earning its first ACC title, the Virginia women's team will enter the 64-team NCAA tournament as the third seed, its best tournament seeding in school history. The Cavaliers (16-2-2), in the tournament for the 11th straight year, will host a four-team bracket, opening against James Madison Friday. Duke faces Virginia Commonwealth in the other half of the bracket, with the winners meeting on Sunday.
In other first-round matches, Maryland and Loyola (Md.) will meet in State College, Pa., on Friday and Virginia Tech will play William & Mary in Chapel Hill, N.C., tomorrow.
* COURTS: Lawyers for Atlanta Thrashers forward Dany Heatley and the district attorney are discussing a possible plea deal on charges stemming from a car crash that killed his teammate.
"We're in contact almost weekly," said Manny Arora, Heatley's lawyer.
Heatley lost control of his 2002 Ferrari and slammed into a railing last year, killing Dan Snyder.
Heatley was charged with first- and second-degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving, driving too fast for conditions, failure to maintain his lane and speeding. He has pleaded not guilty, but apologized publicly to Snyder's family -- who said they forgive him.
* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Scooter McDougle ran for 133 yards on 28 carries and scored two touchdowns to help Toledo defeat Northern Illinois, 31-17, in Dekalb, Ill. Toledo (7-3, 6-1) can claim at least a share of the MAC West title by defeating Bowling Green. Northern Illinois (7-3, 6-1) can still claim the MAC West if it defeats Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green beats the Rockets.
* OBITUARIES: Chandler Harper, who won the 1950 PGA Championship and was a major figure in Virginia golf for more than 70 years, died Monday in Portsmouth, Va. He was 90. . . .
Lennox Miller, a USC graduate and Olympic sprinter for Jamaica who won a silver medal in 1968 and a bronze medal in 1972 in the 100-meter dash, has died. He was 58. Miller died Monday of cancer in Pasadena, Calif.
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