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LA district attorney seeks retrial of Bell city council members

Former Bell council members Luis Artiga, left, Teresa Jacobo, George Mirabal, George Cole and former Mayor Oscar Hernandez stand in respect of jury as closing arguments session breaks for lunch on February 20, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
Former Bell council members Luis Artiga, left, Teresa Jacobo, George Mirabal, George Cole and former Mayor Oscar Hernandez stand in respect of jury as closing arguments session breaks for lunch on February 20, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
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Los Angeles County prosecutors say they want to retry five former officials in the city of Bell who were accused of corruption and overpaying themselves with public funds.

Spokeswoman Jean Guccione said Tuesday that prosecutors want a retrial after jurors in March issued a mixed verdict and the judge declared a mistrial on some counts.

In March,  jurors found former Bell Mayor Oscar Hernandez Victor Bello, George Cole, Oscar Hernandez, Teresa Jacobo and George Mirabal guilty of stealing public money. 
 
The panel acquitted the defendants on some corruption charges, but couldn't decide others. The judge declared a mistrial on the remaining counts. Prosecutors said at the time that they would look into retrying the case.

Luis Artiga, a former city council member, was the only defendant fully acquitted. Guccione says prosecutors don't plan to challenge that decision.

Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo and his assistant face a separate corruption trial in September.