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Metro Digest

Local News in Brief : Boys Club Trial Deadlock

November 03, 1987

Jurors announced Monday that they are deadlocked in the Santa Monica Superior Court retrial of a reputed Billionaire Boys Club enforcer charged with murdering a Beverly Hills con man whose body has never been found.

Judge James Albracht scheduled a hearing this morning to determine if he should declare a mistrial in the case of James Pittman or order the jury to deliberate further.

The jury, which sent Albracht a written note informing him it was deadlocked, has deliberated nine days without reaching a verdict on murder and robbery charges. Pittman's first trial ended in a mistrial when jurors deadlocked.

Pittman, 34, is charged with shooting to death con man Ron Levin in June, 1984, at the behest of Joe Hunt, 27, the founder of the now-defunct Billionaire Boys Club who was convicted in June of Levin's murder and was later sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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