Juror Recant on Manslaughter Conviction Could Force Florida Judge to Declare Mistrial

Just moments after a South Florida jury announced a manslaughter verdict in a suspect's murder trial, one juror recanted her vote in a move that will force deliberations to resume again on Wednesday. If the jury is again unable to reach a consensus, Broward Circuit Judge John J. Murphy will be forced to declare a mistrial.

The Broward County jurors were attempting to decide whether 27-year-old Dayonte Resiles was guilty of manslaughter or first-degree murder in the killing of Jill Halliburton Su. Su was found stabbed to death in her home with her ankles and wrists bound together in 2014.

Resiles could see up to 30 years behind bars from a manslaughter conviction, but being found guilty of first-degree murder could result in the death penalty.

After the three-week trial, the jurors deliberated for four full days. They sent questions to Murphy, the judge, on both Monday and Tuesday before announcing that they had reached a verdict, the South Florida SunSentinel reported.

When each of the jurors were asked whether they agreed with the guilty manslaughter verdict, a standard practice in a trial, the first juror who was polled answered "No."

Murphy ordered the jury to continue deliberations and instructed them to try to come to an agreement, The SunSentinel reported.

"You need to go back to the jury room and continue with your deliberations," the judge said.

If they are unsuccessful, he will be forced to declare a mistrial.

A mistrial declaration would reset the entire case, and Resiles could face being tried again for first-degree murder. He could also face the possibility of being sentenced to the death penalty if found guilty of the crime, according to The SunSentinel.

Dayonte Resiles Trial
Just moments after a South Florida jury announced a manslaughter verdict in a murder trial, one juror recanted her vote in a move that will force deliberations to resume Wednesday. Above, Dayonte Resiles looks at his supporters in the courtroom of Judge Raag Singhal on July 26, 2016, at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale. Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP, Pool

Prosecutors said Su interrupted Resiles as he was burglarizing her home near Fort Lauderdale on September 8, 2014. Evidence showed the 59-year-old woman was bound at the hands and feet, forced into a bathtub and stabbed about 25 times, according to court testimony.

Resiles pleaded not guilty. While DNA evidence placed Resiles at the scene, defense lawyers questioned whether the evidence was contaminated.

The victim's husband, Nan Yao Su, and her family and friends were left in shock as the jury quickly declared itself deadlocked.

Resiles also faces criminal charges from a 2016 escape attempt. Resiles unlocked his shackles and fled from a hearing at the courthouse, resulting in a six-day manhunt. After he was recaptured, he wrote the court insisting he fled because he is innocent, the newspaper reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A judge may be forced to declare a mistrial in a murder suspect's court case at the Broward County Courthouse after one juror recanted her vote shortly after the jury delivered a manslaughter verdict. Above, the Broward County Courthouse is seen on October 28, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Lynne Sladky/AP Photo