No Verdict in Trial Where Hudson Valley Man Accused of Killing Father
An Ulster County jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case were a Hudson Valley man is accused of killing his father.
After deliberating for over 4 days, a jury was unable to reach a verdict in the People v. Nicholas Pascarella Jr. trial. A mistrial was declared, the jury was discharged of their service.
Pascarella Jr. was charged with 2nd-degree murder for killing his father with a baseball bat outside the victim’s Marlboro home on December 27, 2014. In a statement to police, he admitted to killing his father because his dad had sexually abused him and other relatives.
During the trial the defense argued that Pascarella committed the homicide while under the influence of an extreme emotional disturbance.
According to the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office, over the course of deliberations it was clear the jury put forth every effort to reach a verdict. “They worked diligently to reach a unanimous decision which was evidenced by the questions they asked during deliberations. In our judgment, that they were unable to arrive at a universal accord is in no way a reflection of their efforts,” the district attorney’s office released in a statement.