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Hung Jury in Trial of Dad Accused of Killing 3-Year-Old

Camden County Prosecutor's Office says it plans to retry the case against DJ Creato

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    DJ Creato remains held on bail in his son’s death. Prosecutors say Creato killed his son Brendan, but defense attorneys say Brendan wandered away. A jury failed to reach a decision and a judge declared a mistrial. NBC10's Cydney Long has the details.

    (Published Wednesday, May 31, 2017)

    After days of deliberations, a jury failed to reach a decision in the murder case of a South Jersey father accused of killing his 3-year-old son.

    Judge John Kelley declared a mistrial on Wednesday, a day after the jury told him they still couldn't agree on a verdict.

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    Once the judge declared the mistrial, he dismissed the jury.

    David (DJ) Creato has maintained his son, Brendan, wandered away from his Haddon Township home in 2015. The boy's pajama-clad body was found hours later about one mile away.

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    Tuesday was the fourth day of deliberations in the trial of DJ Creato, a man accused of killing his three-year-old son. The jury is still working to decide his fate. NBC10's Cydney Long has the details.

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    Prosecutors have maintained Creato killed his son because he feared his then 17-year-old girlfriend was going to leave him. Creato's then-girlfriend, who's now 19, was never charged, and they've broken up.

    Creato's lawyer argued that prosecutors failed to show he was guilty, saying the evidence suggested a stranger was responsible.

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    Creato remains held on $750,000 bail. Kelley scheduled a conference hearing for July 5. At that time, Creato could learn if he will be retried. The Camden County Prosecutor's Office says it plans to retry the case.

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