BOONEVILLE — A mistrial has been declared in the culpable negligence manslaughter trial of a Rienzi man.
The trial of Benjamin Maldonado Jr. ended Friday in Prentiss County Circuit Court when the jury could not reach a verdict. Maldonado was charged in the 2007 death of Shane Steen, also of Rienzi.
Prosecutors contend the two men argued and scuffled over Steen’s 4-wheeler parked close to a county road after it had stopped running. At some point, authorities say Steen apparently jumped on the running board of Maldonado’s sport utility vehicle and then slipped or fell off the vehicle and suffered fatal injuries.
Prosecutors say they haven’t decided whether to try Maldonado again.
The Associated Press