Mistrial declared in Brownsville murder case

A mistrial was declared in the case of a Brownsville man accused of murder.

The Cameron County District Attorney TMs office claims Israel Velasquez killed Ezequiel Perez after an argument.

The sentencing phase ended with a hung jury Wednesday morning, because they could not reach a verdict.

Velasquez remains in custody.

According to the prosection, Velasquez shot Perez at an apartment complex off Shidler Avenue in Brownsville in October 2012.

He later died at a hospital.

Investigators linked Velasquez to the crime and arrested him for parole violation.

He has just been released from prison for serving time on another murder.

According to court documents, Velasquez was convicted of murder in 1990.

He had been sentenced to 40 years in prison on that case, but made parole in November 2011, about a year before Velasquez was shot.

The District Attorney TMs office says they are disappointed with today TMs outcome, but do plan to try the case again.