A Suffolk Superior Court jury today declared itself deadlocked after a week deliberating the case of John Tibbs, charged with a murder for which another man had been wrongly convicted, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office announced.
A judge will decide Monday on a new trial date.
Tibbs had been charged with the Aug. 11, 1995 gang murder of Tennyson Drakes, 17, on Nelson Street. Another man, Marlon Passley of Cambridge was not only initially charged with the murder, he was convicted in 1996 and sent away for life. Four years later, however, new evidence exonerated him and he was released.