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Mistrial in Murder Case Against Stanley Lloyd Jr.

Jurors deadlocked 10-2 in favor of a guilty verdict. A new trial may be held.

The "giant puzzle" of exhibits and testimony in the murder case against Stanley Lloyd Jr. of Lakeside may be presented all over again—to a different jury.

Lloyd is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Christopher Carioscia, an El Capitan High School student whose body was found last year on the Barona Indian Reservation. The trial in Superior Court in El Cajon began Nov. 15.

On Monday afternoon, Judge John M. Thompson declared a mistrial, when the jury locked 10-2 in favor of a guilty verdict, falling short of the necessary unanimous vote.

. They have now been released from duty.

Prosecutor David Williams III told Patch that the judge and attorneys in the case will meet Thursday to discuss whether to proceed with a new trial and to set a date for jury selection to begin. The judge also has the right to dismiss the case, he said.

"A deadlocked jury is difficult for everyone involved," Williams said. "There's no resolution for either party."

Williams said he does not like having to bring witnesses in all over again.

One witness in particular could possibly testify in a second trial, whereas the first jury did not see him.

He's , Lloyd's cousin, who is a key witness concerning statements he recalls Lloyd making about Carioscia before and after the student went missing on Oct. 26, 2010. Montiel's preliminary hearing testimony was read to the jury during the trial but he did not appear in person. He was considered "legally unavailable" due to drug charges he incurred between the preliminary hearing and the trial.

"Montiel had a constitutional right not to incriminate himself," Williams said.

Montiel is not in custody at this time. Once his current case is fully resolved, he may be available to testify in person in a second trial, Williams said.

Carioscia's mother, Monika Pyskata, during the trial, following an arrest on drug charges. She was seated in the public area during closing statements because she had been released from Las Colinas Detention Facility. Her release had nothing to do with her testimony, Williams told Patch. 

Update Dec. 6, 2011 Monika Pyskata was booked into Las Colinas Detention Facility again at 1:13 a.m. Monday charged with possession of narcotic controlled substances.

During opening statements, Williams told the jury Pyskata "has a very bad drug problem," but "she loved her son." He said Pyskata and Carioscia's dad ran an East County prescription drug ring and used their son to fill prescriptions and sell Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug. The prosecution believes Carioscia had a bag full of Xanax the night he disappeared.

Witness testimony and cell phone records indicated Pyskata had called her son repeatedly in his final hours but could not reach him. She testified she drove to the reservation on the following morning, after she was notified that her son's car had been found burned.

Carioscia's partly decomposed body was found in December 2010 in a remote area of the reservation, . Lloyd was arrested in March 2011 and charged with first-degree murder, as well as felony murder for the use of a firearm, believed to be a .357 magnum. If convicted, he could serve 50 years to life in prison. He was 19 when arrested.

During closing arguments, Williams said that the case involved a "giant puzzle," with each piece of testimony supporting the rest and showing a picture of Lloyd killing Carioscia because he considered himself a "big shot" in the "small pond" of the reservation. Lloyd is a Barona Indian.

Defense attorney Roland Haddad characterized Lloyd as someone who drinks, does drugs and "talks nonsense" but is not a killer. He said there was no motive and no evidence that the two young men were in each other's company on the night Carioscia is believed to have died, Oct. 26, 2010. He also told the jury that there's no evidence the "murder weapon" presented by the prosecution was ever in Lloyd's possession.

Haddad was not available for comments regarding the mistrial.

Julie Pendray December 07, 2011 at 12:08 AM
Patch has corroborated this booking information today.
dittohead December 07, 2011 at 12:54 PM
@guest excellent point...but Chris's mother was not holding the gun that shot the bulletts, Lloyd and possibly Montiel was. Chris's mother has made mistakes as well as Chris but murder is murder. Chris is not dead because his mother made mistakes, Chris is dead because Lloyd choose to kill him. What about Lloyd and Montiel and their upbringing....how come no one is discussing the upstanding citizens they are? Both come from families that have repeatedly been in jail and involved in drugs. What were Lloyd and Montiel's parents doing when all of this was going on??? Montiel has been bounced around from home to home since he was 10, and Lloyds mother is an addict. @guest if you are going to point fingers at Chris's mom, then you had better point fingers in the other directions as well.
James Jones December 07, 2011 at 08:16 PM
I agree that all of them are less than upstanding citizens and the fruit don't fall far from the tree, as they say. I just wish we, as a society, would stop using the words, 'they made a mistake". What these people do are not 'mistakes", they chose to engage in illegal activities. So they chose to be criminals and society is right to punish them. A mistake implies some kind of innocent blunder.
Lakeside December 08, 2011 at 02:08 AM
Scooter "accidently" shot a girl in the leg prior to this murder. She was paid off. And I am pretty sure that Scooter's father has spent time in jail, also.
Dixie December 09, 2011 at 02:11 AM
it all sounds very ghetto (drugs, guns, shootings, murder, teenagers, drinking, burning cars, parents in/out of prison, payoffs). Bottom line - guns don't kill, people do. There are no accidental shootings..

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