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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.

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