Jul 19, 2013 7:45 PM by Brian White

'Not guilty' in third trial for man accused of killing Tucson teen

UPDATE: Max LaMadrid was found not guilty on two counts of murder and not guilty on manslaughter.

LaMadrid's next court appearance is August 19, court records show.

LaMadrid faced two trial resulting in two deadlocked juries. He was charged with the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Tanee Natividad in 2001.

TUCSON - There will be a third murder trial for the man accused of killing a Tucson teenager more than a decade ago.

Max LaMadrid is accused of killing 16-year-old Tanee Natividad in November 2001. The shooting happened outside an east side fast-food restaurant.

LaMadrid was on the run for nine years before authorities tracked him down in Mexico.

Juries deadlocked in the first two trials.

Barbara Nunez, Natividad's mother, says she wants justice for her daughter, "I can't believe that we're going, still, at this. But if it takes three, four, even five times. As long as I have the will, as long as I'm strong enough. I have to have the strength to go on. And I have to closure for this. It's not just being able to walk away."

The second trial ended with 11 jurors voting LaMadrid guilty and one voting not guilty. The process has been frustrating for Nunez but she's not giving up, "the first two trials I had a lot of hate in me and stuff but now I walk in and I feel nothing for him anymore."

Nunez is often joined by Carol Gaxiola, a representative from Homicide Survivors, "you can't predict what's going to happen in the next trial from the last trial. Each one stands on its own because new players are involved."

Twelve years after the murder of her daughter, Nunez says she is grateful for the love and support of the community, "just for everyone not to give up on the prayers for myself and my family and to go forward. If it's another trial then it's another trial. I'm ready for it," she said.

Jury selection is slated to begin July 8th.


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