Mistrial Declared in Local Murder Case

A mistrial has been declared in a 2007 Temple City murder case against Philip Adrian Guerra and Christopher Gilbert Lopez.

Guerra and Lopez, both 20, were charged with committing a drive-by shooting that killed Deandre Netter, a Temple City resident, on July 25, 2007. Prosecutors will re-try the murder case, reported the Pasadena Star News on April 7, 2009.

The trial began on March 24.

Jurors heard testimony from Dejohn Netter, the twin brother of the victim, and Michael Minjarez, a boy who walked with the twins on the night of the murder. A decision was reached on Monday, April 6.

The jury voted to convict Guerra by an 8-4 margin and sought to acquit Lopez by an 8-4 margin, resulting in a hung jury.

Deputy District Attorney Donna Hollingsworth told Star News reporter Nathan McIntire that “the plan is to retry the case.”

During the trial, Guerra and Lopez both pled not guilty to killing Netter, then 17, on Golden West Avenue.

The two individuals surrendered to authorities in August 2007 after being sought by the Los Angeles County sheriffs. Law enforcement officials had released photographs of Guerra and Lopez to the general public on August 7.

A pretrial hearing has been set for April 21. Both Lopez and Guerra are expected to appear at the Pasadena Superior Court.

Lopez and Guerra are presently being housed at the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles.


This article was written by Matthew Wong. It was published in the Temple City Voice on April 17, 2009.


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