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Agua Dulce man due for retrial on murder charge

Dennis Keene was convicted on three other counts for neighbor’s death

Posted: November 14, 2012 5:33 p.m.
Updated: November 14, 2012 5:33 p.m.

An Agua Dulce man convicted last month of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for the death of his neighbor is expected to be tried a second time for murder in February, court officials said Wednesday.

On Oct. 17, a jury found 65-year-old Dennis Keene guilty of causing injury while driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol level exceeding the legal limit causing injury, as well as gross vehicular manslaughter.

But the six-man, six-woman jury in Lancaster Superior Court could not reach a verdict on the fourth charge of murder.

“We met recently and decided it was likely going to be re-tried and now we have a new pre-trial date,” said Deputy District Attorney Susan Choi.

Keene is expected to appear in Antelope Valley Superior Court Jan. 15.

Jury selection for his re-trial on the murder charge is expected to begin shortly after that, with the actual new murder trial expected to get under way in February.

In February 2012, Keene was charged with murder and drunken driving in the August 2011 crash that killed his neighbor Lori Lindlief, 55, while she was walking her dogs on an Agua Dulce street.




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