Jury hung in LaMadrid murder case

Jury hung in LaMadrid murder case

CREATED Sep. 25, 2012

Web Producer: Sergio AvilaDavid RushLayla Tang, Taylor Avey

Douglas, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - A Tucson jury couldn't reach a verdict in the murder trial of Max Montijo LaMadrid who was accused of killing a teenager back in 2001.

According to Anne-Marie Braswell of the Pima County Superior Court, the jury came back hung on the first-degree murder charge, but found LaMadrid guilty of shooting at an occupied structure during Tuesday's trial.

LaMadrid was accused of killing 16-year-old Tanee Natividad 10 years ago in a drive-by shooting. He was on the run for nine years before being captured in Mexico. 

According to investigators, La Madrid was at a restaurant looking for revenge for an acquaintance who had been shot a killed. The U.S. Marshall's office said La Madrid mistakenly thought the person he was looking for was in a car with the victim.

The Palo Verde High School teen was shot at a midtown Jack-In-The-Box fast food restaurant near Speedway and Swan in November 2001.

After the shooting, La Madrid disappeared for 9 years. The case made national headlines and was featured on the television show America's Most Wanted. According the show, La Madrid was undergoing a sex change transformation to avoid capture.