Mistrial declared for man accused of grape grower's murder

FILE - Mariano Fernandez Perez appears in Kern County court in Bakersfield, Calif., on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, accused of shooting and killing grape grower Jakov Dulcich. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – The trial for the man accused of killing a local grape grower has ended with a hung jury.

The mistrial was declared Thursday. Mariano Perez was charged with murder and two other counts in the death of 84-year-old Jakov Dulcich.

Dulcich was killed in a drive-by shooting in April outside of Delano.

According to court documents obtained at the time by Eyewitness News, Perez admitted to being a gang member but denied driving the car witnesses saw leaving the scene at the time of the shooting.

Dulcich founded the company known for its Pretty Lady grapes.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off