A mistrial was declared Friday in the trial of a Monterey Park man charged with the fatal beating of his pregnant wife.

Monterey Park police cruiser. Image via code2high.com

Hongxin Liu, 45, allegedly beat and choked 39-year-old Chenyan Bao during a Feb. 5, 2012, argument at their home.

Bao, who was three months’ pregnant, later died of her injuries.

Prosecutors charged Liu with the murder of his wife and the murder of a fetus.

Jury deliberations began Tuesday.

A status conference is scheduled for July 6.

Liu was reportedly being held without bail at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles.

— City News Service

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