Hung jury in Gardner trial

After nine days of heated deliberations, a Redwood City jury is hopelessly deadlocked in the criminal trial of co-defendants Tito Sedeno and John Navarro, both 23 of San Francisco.

Both defendants faced a long list of felony charges including first degree murder of Skyline College student Raymond Gardner, 22, of Pacifica.

Gardner was shot dead on January 12, 2003, on Interstate 380 in San Bruno while traveling home to Pacifica with friends.

Sedeno, Navarro and Richard Sedillo were arrested on January 12, 2003. Sedillo was later released by authorities and testified at length in the murder trial as the prosecution’s key witness against both defendants, his former friends. Sedillo fingered Sedeno and Navarro as shooters on the night of the murder.

The jury was unable to come to conclusion on all but two charges. It is a victory for the defense, Sedeno’s defense attorney Mara Feiger said as the jury found it was not true that Sedeno personally used a firearm in the commission of the crime as charged. Sedeno was found guilty of evading police in a high-speed chase. He was found not guilty of being in possession of a firearm.

Becuase the jury was hopelessly deadlocked on other charges, prosecutors intend to retry their case.

Both defendants remain in jail. A new trial date has been scheduled for May 31.