Mistrial Called in Odessa Due to Jury Misconduct

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - A mistrial was called on Tuesday in the case of an Odessa man on trial for a deadly beating that happened more than 20 years ago.

52-year-old Leroy Alaniz was accused of killing Larry Willsey as he tried to rob him.

Investigators say Willsey was beaten with a baseball bat and died from his injuries.

Alaniz was not arrested for the murder until almost two decades later thanks to D.N.A. testing.

The judge in the case, Bill McCoy, tells NewsWest 9 that the mistrial was called because of jury misconduct.

He would not go into any further details.

District Attorney Bobby Bland issued a statement to NewsWest 9 on Wednesday saying that the trial has been reset for October 30.