Mistrial declared for man accused of grape grower’s murder
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.