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Mistrial declared in Leon Davis Jr. murder trial

4:52 PM, Oct 28, 2010   |    comments
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Bartow, Florida - Circuit Judge J. Michael Hunter declared a mistrial today in the murder trial of Leon Davis Jr.

Davis is charged with three counts of First Degree Murder for the killings in Lake Wales in 2007. Investigators say Davis threw gasoline on 23-year-old Juanita Luciano -- who was six months pregnant -- and her 26-year-old sister-in-law, Yvonne Bustamante, then set them on fire.

Both women died. Luciano's baby was delivered in an emergency c-section, but also died.

During questioning today, a paramedic testified that Bustamante told him that "there was no doubt in her mind" that Davis was her attacker. Because Bustamante is dead and cannot be questioned about what was in her mind, the judge declared a mistrial.

A new trial date has tentatively been set for the first week of January.

Davis also faces another murder trial for the unrelated killings of two Polk County convenience store clerks.

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