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Verdict in Lodi murder trial expected today

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Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 12:00 am

Jurors reached a verdict Tuesday in the trial of an 18-year-old Lodi man accused of murdering a woman and wounding her boyfriend in March 2012. However, unforeseen delays prevented the jurors from announcing their decision shortly after it was reached.

Instead, the verdict will be announced this morning in San Joaquin County Superior Court.

After two days of deliberation, jurors reached a unanimous decision regarding the fate of Miguel Araiza Jr. on Tuesday afternoon.

Araiza faces several charges, including murder, attempted murder and committing murder for the benefit of a street gang.

Authorities arrested Araiza, then 17 years old, days after Angelica Osorio was killed and her boyfriend, then 17, was shot four times in front of Osorio’s home on South Garfield Street in Lodi.

Minutes before jurors and attorneys could assemble in the courtroom, a fire alarm sounded, forcing the building to be evacuated.

Roughly an hour passed before everyone could reconvene inside the courthouse. As bailiffs were preparing to allow family and friends inside the courtroom, a paperwork snafu caused another significant delay.

The error was eventually corrected, but too late in the day for the verdict to be read.

Contact reporter Kristopher Anderson at krisa@lodinews.com.

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