Another mistrial declared in double homicide case



PITTSBURGH - Another mistrial was declared Thursday in a case against man accused in connection with a 2012 double homicide.

The first trial for Richard Krista ended in a hung jury, and on Thursday, the same thing happened again.

“Hung is better than guilty, especially when you’re innocent, so yes, it’s a good day,” said Krista’s sister.

Prosecutors from Steven Zappala’s office disagree.

Jurors in the case disagree with the family, too.  One juror told Channel 11 reporter Alan Jennings that the deadlocked vote was 10 to 2 in favor of convicting Krista.

“I’m relieved that it’s deadlocked, but it’s kind of mixed emotions.  I don’t know if we’re going to have to do this all over again,” said Ramona Krista, Krista’s mother.

Krista is accused in the shooting death of Cody Ruder and Joseph Sherrill in the Monview Heights housing project.

The first deadlocked jury voted 9 to 3 in favor of acquitting Krista.

A third trial will likely start in May.

Krista remains in the Allegheny County Jail without bail.