Jury deadlocks in trial of man accused of attack on gay man

Jury deadlocks in trial of man accused of attack on gay man
George Allen Mason, Jr.

A federal jury on Tuesday couldn’t decide whether a 23-year-old man was guilty of attacking a gay man while he walked a pink poodle with his partner last spring.

After the jury deadlocked on the verdict of George Allen Mason Jr., the judge declared a mistrial in the case and then set a new trial for April 28.

Mason is accused of striking 26-year-old David Beltier and hurling gay slurs at him March 1. The attack happened at 185th and Evergreen next to a busy strip mall.

Beltier said he and his boyfriend, Jeremy Mark, were on a walk with their pink poodle "Beauty" – one of three colorful dogs dyed with Kool-Aid for Easter – when the attack happened. Beltier said he dyed the dogs for fun.

Mason’s wife, 23-year-old Saraya Sophia Lisa Gardner was found guilty on one count of obstruction of justice last week.

Gardner is expected to be sentenced May 12.