The jury in the murder trial of the driver of a runaway big rig that killed a 12-year-old girl and her father two years ago in La Cañada Flintridge reported Thursday that it had reached verdicts on the two counts of second-degree murder but was deadlocked on the lesser charges of involuntary manslaughter.
The Los Angeles County Superior Court judge sent the jury back to deliberate on the involuntary manslaughter charges against the driver, Marcos Costa, 46.
The verdicts on the second-degree murder charges were not announced.
The courtroom in Pasadena was packed with supporters of Costa and of family and friends of the victims, Palmdale residents Angel Posca, 58, and his daughter, Angelina.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Carolina Lugo had argued that Costa acted with willful disregard for human life as he proceeded down Angeles Crest Highway and the truck's brakes went out, sending the vehicle barreling through Foothill Boulevard, striking several cars and crashing into a bookstore.