LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)— Los Angeles County prosecutors said Tuesday they plan to retry five former Bell officials convicted of misappropriating public funds.
District Attorney’s office spokeswoman Jean Guccione said prosecutors want to retry a handful of charges against former Mayor Oscar Hernandez and ex-City Council members Teresa Jacobo, George Mirabal, George Cole and Victor Bello after jurors deadlocked on them back in March, which prompted a judge to declare a mistrial on those counts.READ MORE: Father Of 3 Slain Children Visits Memorial Outside Reseda Apartment Complex, Mother In Custody
Hernandez, Jacobo and Mirabal were each convicted of five counts of misappropriation of public funds and acquitted of five other counts. Cole was convicted of two counts and acquitted of two others. Bello was convicted of four counts and acquitted of four others.
The jury acquitted former Councilman Luis Artiga of 12 counts against him.
Guccione said prosecutors have no plans to contest that decision.READ MORE: Staff, Students Evacuated Safely, Suspect In Custody After Reports Of Man With Rifle Prompted Lockdown Of Sylmar High School
A court hearing is set for May 29.
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