For a second time, a Merced County jury failed to decide whether Adolfo Pulido burned down his steakhouse to collect insurance money. The split jury returned at noon Friday to tell Judge Marc Garcia it couldn't reach a verdict. Pulido's defense attorney John Garcia said he thinks 11 jurors believed Pulido was guilty. One remained unconvinced. Big Al's Steakhouse and Cantina, in North Merced, caught fire in 2003 after it had been open for just three months. The fire caused $900,000 in damage. This was the second time Merced County prosecutors tried their case against Pulido. The jury was hung when the case first went to trial in 2007. He was charged with felony arson and insurance fraud and, if convicted, faced up to eight years in prison.
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