Turlock road rage trial jury still out

May 9, 2013 

— A jury will continue deliberating today in a trial of a man accused of beating to death a 67-year-old Hilmar man during a suspected road rage confrontation in Turlock three years ago.

Michael Joseph Hoyt, 53, of Turlock is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Ken Winter.

If the jury decides Hoyt is responsible for Winter's death, it can choose to convict him of the murder charge or a lesser charge.

Thursday afternoon, the jury asked the judge for clarification on the lesser charge of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury.

The confrontation occurred about noon Feb. 1, 2010, at Linwood Avenue and Paulson Road. Hoyt testified he was defending himself. The prosecutor has argued that Hoyt beat to death an elderly man who couldn't defend himself.

The jury of seven women and five men began deliberating about 11 a.m. May 3 after the attorneys completed their closing arguments. The jury resumed deliberations Thursday morning and ended the day without reaching a verdict.

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