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Jury hung in AV attempted murder trial

VICTORVILLE • A jury could not reach a unanimous decision on whether a gangster shot and injured a man in Apple Valley.

Judge John Tomberlin declared a mistrial after the jurors told him Friday they were deadlocked despite more than two days of deliberations.

Defendant Lavell Steven Lacy, 29, was charged with the attempted murder of Domonic Clark to benefit a gang. He was also charged with being a felon possessing a gun.

The jury was split 11-1 in favor of not guilty, according to Deputy Public Defender Phil Zywiciel, Lacy’s attorney.

The alleged victim testified that Lacy and his brother drove to the victim’s house on Tonekai Road in Apple Valley on Dec. 7, 2011, according to Deputy District Attorney Lisa Crane.

When Clark approached the car, Lacy pulled out a gun and shot at the victim, Crane said. The bullet hit Clark in the arm and remains there, Crane said. Lacy was arrested Feb. 19, 2012, in Hesperia.

Clark and Lacy's brother knew each other, according to Crane. But the prosecutor said she didn’t know the motive for the shooting.

“My argument was that it wasn’t my client driving,” Zywiciel said. “The person who got shot never got a good look at the driver. ... Nobody even bothered to ask him what the guy looked like.”

Steven Jay Lacy Jr., the defendant’s brother, was not charged in this case and refused to testify in the trial, Zywiciel said.

Lavell Lacy is scheduled to return to court for a pre-trial hearing Feb. 22.

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