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Madsen faces 2nd trial

By: Penne Usher, Journal Staff Writer
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The Placer County District Attorney's Office will retry Caleb Madsen, who stands accused of fatally stabbing Christopher Worth and leaving his body in a vacant field. The first trial ended Wednesday with jurors deadlocked seven to five, in favor of guilt. Madsen's new trial is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. June 27 in Placer County Superior Court. Madsen, 24, is accused killing 23-year-old Christopher Worth, in Granite Bay on July 10, 2005. Madsen, who did not take the stand, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Following a four-week trial and more than a week of deliberations, the seven women and five men of the jury failed to unanimously agree on Madsen's guilt or innocence. A knife was found at the scene near Worth's truck, which was high-centered on an embankment near the field. No blood evidence was found on the knife. Two drops of blood were found on the Madsens' driveway. They were reportedly smaller than a dime and have tested positive through DNA analysis to belong to Worth. Madsen remains in custody in the Placer County Jail without bail and is scheduled to return to court in May for a case review conference.