After two weeks of emotional testimony, the murder case against Derryck Decuir for the alleged murder of Malek Mercer ended in a mistrial Monday.
The jury could not come to a decision on the charges of manslaughter and second-degree murder. Decuir, indicted on ten charges, was found not guilty attempt to commit robbery while armed, possession of a firearm during crime of violence and murder while armed with the intent to kill a minor. The jury found him guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm based on a prior conviction, obstruction of justice, carrying a pistol without a license and tampering with physical evidence.
The defense has claimed Decuir “acted in self-defense” and had no intention of killing Mercer.
Prosecutors will discuss the next steps with defense attorneys.
Decuir is still being held without bond, and a status hearing regarding the case is scheduled for April 3rd.