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Press Release: People v. Madsen, Caleb John, 2/1/10

February 01, 2010

Bradford R. Fenocchio

District Attorney



10810 Justice Center Drive, Suite 240

Roseville, California 95678

916 543-8000




For Immediate Release

Date: February 1, 2010                        



                        Art Campos

                        Public Information Officer

                        916 543-8076

                        Scott Owens

                        Assistant District Attorney

                        916 543-8000






A Placer County jury acquitted Caleb John Madsen today of first-degree murder in the 2005 stabbing death of his friend, 23-year-old Christopher Worth of Granite Bay, and was unable to break a 6-6 deadlock on whether to convict him on a charge of second-degree murder.

It was the third time that Madsen, now 28, had stood trial for the murder.

In 2008, a jury deadlocked at 7-5 in favor of guilty of first-degree murder. Earlier this year, a jury was unable to break a 10-2 vote that favored conviction.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Jeff Wilson, a co-prosecutor in the latest trial, said his office will review the case and make a decision next Monday on whether to pursue it further.

Placer County Superior Court Judge Robert P. McElhany, who presided over the two-month trial, set a hearing for Monday.