Twice since March, prosecutors have tried to convince a D.C. Superior Court jury that Raymond Roseboro was guilty of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old. On Tuesday, a jury failed to reach a verdict for the second time.
Judge Thomas J. Motley declared a mistrial Tuesday, the second in the case against Roseboro, after more than four days of deliberations. Roseboro, 21, of Northwest Washington, had been charged in the Nov. 30, 2010, killing of Prince Okorie in the 800 block of Fifth Street NW.
At a preliminary hearing, detectives said they thought Okorie was killed because of rumors circulating in his neighborhood that he was cooperating with police in a murder investigation involving a friend who was charged in the Aug. 22, 2010, killing of Catholic University student Neil Godleski.
That rumor turned out to be false, and prosecutors never identified a motive in the case against Roseboro.