PATERSON, N.J.- After a jury twice in two days told the judge in the Genesis Rincon murder case that it was "deadlocked", a mistrial was declared Friday.
While riding on her scooter Genesis Rincon was shot and killed by a stray bullet on the evening of July 5 2014 in her neighborhood near Rosa Parks Boulevard. She died hours later. Rincon was 12 years old.
Three men were charged in connection for the murder of Rincon. Jhymiere Moore and Jeffrey Ellerbee were accused of firing firearms as they drove through the downtown area, they were charged with murder and criminal weapons possession. Police believed Marshae Anthony provided the guns used in the shooting, and also was charged with criminal weapons possession.
The judge in the case, Judge Scott J. Bennion declared a mistrial Friday afternoon, after the jury told him for the second time in two days that it was hopelessly deadlocked and could not reach a verdict.
The 12 year old girl was not the target of the shooting, but fell victim to a feud between two rival groups from different parts of Paterson, authorities said.
The target, police said, was Shakeem Ricks of Paterson, who himself is awaiting trial on murder charges in the killing of 14-year-old Nazerah Bugg only two months after the murder of Genesis Rincon.
Superior Court Judge Bennion set a date of Jan. 13 for an initial conference with Chief Assistant Passaic County Prosecutor Paul DeGroot and the three defense lawyers.