Former Gizmondo executive Stefan Eriksson seems to have extended his lucky streak just a little while longer. On Friday, the jury in his trial on two counts of grand theft auto and fraudulent concealment told the judge they were deadlocked 10-2. Judge Patricia Schnegg declared a mistrial, but the LA District Attorney said that they would retry Ericksson.
After an attorney switch-a-roo, Stefan Eriksson entered a plea of "not guilty" in response to nine charges against him including grand theft, embezzlement and drunken-driving. For those of you who were living under a rock or caught up in an American Idol stupor over the last few months, the seven felony and two misdemeanor charges relate to the Feb. 21 crash of Ericksson's Ferrari Enzo, which was unceremoniously torn in half after hitting a pole along a Malibu freeway at 160 mph.
If the Stefan Eriksson story doesn't at least net a made-for-TV movie, it'll be a cryin' shame. The latest development in the already corkscrewed caper is that a business associate of the Enzo-ending fallen tech mogul was arrested Tuesday for impersonating a police officer in an attempt to buy firearms.