The mother of a man accused of killing a 5-year-old boy in a Spider-Man costume left the courtroom Friday carrying a green pocket Bible after a mistrial was declared in her son's case.
Leonard Hall Jr. was a gang member but not a murderer, Deborah Mosby said. Her heart goes out to the victim’s family, but she is going through a lot, too, she said.
"I'm glad God was in there," she said Friday outside court. "God knows he didn't do it.”
The victim’s grandfather, Wiliam Shannon, drew on reserves of patience as he hoped for a retrial.
"I think the system is fair. The thing is, the wheels of justice turn slowly,” Shannon said. “I understand that. My family understands that."
The jury deadlocked 9 to 3 in favor of guilt on all three counts against Hall -- one of murder and two of attempted murder.