Jury hung on murder charge in French street artist slaying

AP News
Posted: Sep 14, 2015 2:25 PM

DETROIT (AP) — A jury failed to reach a verdict on a murder charge, but did convict a Detroit man of armed robbery in connection with the slaying of a 23-year-old French street artist.

The hung jury led a Wayne County Circuit judge to declare a mistrial Monday for 18-year-old Dionte Travis. Travis faces a new trial on felony murder and gun charges.

Bilal Berreni was found dead with a gunshot wound to the face in July 2013.

Drequone Rich and Jasin Curtis have both pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Berreni's death. Another suspect who was 13 at the time of the killing faces trial later this year.

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Travis' armed robbery sentencing date will be set Tuesday. A pretrial conference is scheduled Thursday to set a new trial on the other charges.