NEW ORLEANS—An Orleans Parish jury has deadlocked on whether to convict a 22-year-old man of second-degree murder, leading to a mistrial.
The Times-Picayune reports that Michael Treaudo admitted driving 24-year-old Arthur Lee Brown to the place where Brown's body was found. But a public defender argued that Treaudo had no idea that Brown would be killed.
Louisiana law allows principals such as drivers or lookouts to be charged with murder, even if they don't pull the trigger.
Judge Darryl Derbigny declared a mistrial Wednesday. Treaudo remains in jail awaiting a second trial.
The alleged triggerman, 22-year-old Michael Allen, awaits trial. Prosecutors say he allegedly shot Brown five times in the head over $200.