SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KABC) -- A mistrial has been declared in the case against a man accused of killing 2-year-old Jahi Turner, who disappeared in San Diego back in 2002.
Turner's stepfather, Tieray Jones, 39, was facing second-degree murder charges after the 2-year-old went missing 16 years ago.
The jury in this case deadlocked 2 for guilty, 10 for not guilty on the murder charges and deadlocked 10 for guilty, 2 for not guilty on involuntary manslaughter charges.
Jones, who lived with Jahi and the child's mother in off-base Navy housing near a park, told police he left the boy alone in a playground for about 15 minutes while he went to get a soda about 150 yards away.
The boy's body was never found. Police always suspected Jones in the boy's disappearance, but it took more than a decade -- until 2016 -- to bring charges against him
A status conference is scheduled for Wednesday to map out the next steps in the case.
City News Service contributed to this report.
Jury deadlocks in murder trial of stepfather accused of killing 2-year-old Jahi Turner
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