Second Mistrial Declared in 2021 Alabama Double Murder Case

Second Mistrial Declared in 2021 Alabama Double Murder Case

The Butte County District Attorney’s Office has announced a second mistrial in the case against Ricardo Banuelos-Villarreal, suspected of the 2021 murders of two Alabama men, John Dubose Jr. and Ladexter Pelt. The decision follows after a jury deadlock during a 20-day trial and three days of deliberations.

Ricardo and his brother Alfredo Banuelos-Villarreal were implicated after the victims flew to California and met them at the Sacramento International Airport on November 4, 2021. An investigation was launched when Pelt and Dubose were reported missing by their families in November 2021. The discovery of Dubose’s cellphone in the Sutter Bypass Wildlife Area and tracking of Pelt’s phone to the Wyndham Hotel in Sacramento led authorities to a home in Gridley, where the murders were believed to have occurred.

Despite arrest warrants issued for both Ricardo and Alfredo on murder charges, the bodies of the victims have not been found, and Alfredo remains at large. Ricardo, who was convicted of transporting marijuana out of the state, faced a deadlocked jury with a seven to five vote for guilt on the two counts of murder.

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsy stated that Ricardo is scheduled to return to court on December 13 for either the resetting of the jury trial or sentencing for the marijuana charge. The decision on whether to pursue a third trial has not been made.

Lou Nightingale
Author: Lou Nightingale

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