Murder trial stalls again as chik-V hits another juror
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
A judge was today forced to adjourn a murder trial to prevent the possibility of it being aborted as another juror called in sick with chikungunya-like symptoms.
Last week, the trial of Rohan McCarthy and Ricardo Britton, who are being retried for the 2004 murders of three children, had to be adjourned for a few days because a juror was ill with the virus.
With another juror calling in sick today, presiding judge Gloria Smith opted to adjourn the case to allow the juror to recover instead of discharging the juror and allowing the trial to proceed with 11 jurors.
The law allows for only one juror to be discharged from a murder case.
If for any reason another juror has to be discharged, the trial will have to be aborted and an order made for a retrial.
But Smith remarked that the murder trial, which began on September 18, has gone too far and she does not want a situation where the matter could be put in jeopardy.
The trial was then adjourned to Monday in the Home Circuit Court.
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