A case against an East Palo Alto mother who allegedly threatened to kill a school principal ended in a mistrial in San Mateo County Superior Court on Friday, Feb. 1.
Kiesha Rontonia Knowles, 39, was charged with a misdemeanor for making criminal threats stemming from the March 19, 2012, incident. Knowles allegedly made the threat after going to her daughter's school, Brentwood Academy, when the girl was suspended for threatening another student, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.
Knowles allegedly entered the principal's office and told the principal she would get a gun and kill her if anything happened to her daughter. The principal's assistant called the police after Knowles stormed out of the office.
A jury on Friday told the court they were unable to reach a verdict and were deadlocked. Five jurors voted guilty, one was undecided and six voted not guilty, according to the DA's office. After determining that the jury was unlikely to reach a verdict, Superior Court Judge Clifford Cretan declared a mistrial.
District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said on Monday that prosecutors will consider whether to retry the case.
"It was not a good split," he said of the 5-1-6 jury.
Prosecutors will have to look at whether there is anything they could do for a second trial that would convince another jury to convict, he said. The decision whether or not to retry the case could be made early next week, he said. The case is expected to return to arraignment court on Feb. 13.