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Jury Can't Reach Verdict in South Philly Shop Owner's Christmas Eve Killing

Mistrial declared in slaying of longtime South Philadelphia corner store owner Marie Buck

What to Know

  • A mistrial was declared in the case of a man accused of killing an 81-year-old South Philadelphia corner store owner on Christmas Eve 2016.
  • The jurors were unable to reach a verdict in the first-degree murder trial of Maurice Green.
  • Marie Buck had run Marie's Grocery for decades and was considered a mainstay in her South Philadelphia neighborhood.

A mistrial has been declared in the case of a man accused of having killed a South Philadelphia corner store owner on Christmas Eve in 2016.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that jurors Tuesday were unable to reach a verdict in the first-degree murder trial of 32-year-old Maurice Green.

Authorities alleged that Green believed a relative of the victim was involved in the theft of an expensive jewelry chain and fired into the store, hitting 81-year-old Marie Buck, who ran Marie's Grocery for more than 40 years and was a month from retirement.

Defense attorney Robert Gamburg said no direct evidence linked his client to the crime and video played for jurors was unclear.

Gamburg said he hopes for "the right verdict" in the retrial, which hasn't been scheduled.

Philadelphia District Attorney's Office spokesman Ben Waxman said it's "highly likely" that they will re-try Green. 

Green remains jailed as he faces two drug cases, Waxman said.

Family Photo
Marie Buck stands with her husband, Michael, in this undated photo.
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