MIAMI (CBS4) – The trial of Joel Lebron, one of the men accused in the rape and murder of South Miami teen Ana Maria Angel in 2002, ended Thursday in a mistrial.
On the second day of testimony, Miami Beach Detective Larry Marrero committed a gaffe on the stand which forced Judge William Thomas to dismiss the jury. The selection process for a new jury will begin next Wednesday.
During his testimony, Marrero made reference to a previously convicted defendant. Marrero testified that he and other investigators were led to previously convicted suspect Victor Caraballo in Orlando by calls made on the victims’ cell. They were then led to Joel Lebron and three other suspects.
The mention of Caraballo drew howls of objection from the defense and a heated lecture to prosecutors by Judge Thomas.
Marrero also testified that during questioning Lebron confessed to the crimes. He admitted, however, to what defense attorney Jeff Fink called a “huge screw-up.” A technical glitch resulted in a tape recorder not capturing Lebron’s statement. Because of that jurors will have to decide whether to take the investigators’ word for what Lebron said...
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