Joe Nelson and Mike Cruz
Posted: 06/01/2011 02:54:31 PM PDT

A mistrial has been declared in the trial of two Los Angeles-area businessmen accused of bribing a San Bernardino County supervisor’s former chief of staff.

The nine-woman, three-man jury concluded deliberations today in San Bernardino Superior Court, announcing about 1:30 p.m. that they could not reach a unanimous verdict, court officials said. The jury reported to the court that further deliberation would not break the stalemate.

In Counts 1 and 2, the bribery charges, the jury voted 6-6 and 9-3, in favor of guilty. In Count 3, the attempted bribery charge, the jury voted 7-5 in favor of guilty.

The Kouladjians are scheduled to return to court Aug. 19 for a pretrial conference before Judge Michael Smith.

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