Jurors fail to reach verdict in pregnant girlfriend murder trial


by KREM.com


Posted on February 19, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 19 at 6:41 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--Jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict in the trial for a Spokane man accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend. The judge ruled the trial a mistrial.

The murder trial was the second trial for John Lipinski. A judge previously convicted Lipinski for killing Melissa Saldivar in 2004. A jury-selection error sent the case the first time to retrial.

Lipinski said he was eager for February’s trial and the chance to clear his name. KREM 2 News was told the jury was split eleven to one with the majority going for a not guilty verdict.

READ: Retrial for man convicted of murdering his pregnant girlfriend

Detectives said Lipinski threw Saldivar from a moving car, killing her and the couple’s unborn baby. Lipinski claimed Saldivar jumped from the car.

Lipinski has spent nearly a decade in prison since he was convicted of the crime.

"It's terrible. To think that he's innocent and in jail still like this? It's so hard on him,” said Lipinski supporter Sherry O’Neill.

“I think you shouldn't be freed until you accept responsibility and become remorseful,” said Saldivar’s mother at Lipinski’s sentencing after his first trial.

Prosecutors said there is a stay hearing set for the end of February. That is when it will be known if the charges will be refilled. A new trial is tentatively set for May.