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Judge Dismisses Juror in APD Officers’ Trial

Juan Labreche / Associated Press
The legal teams approach the bench on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016.

A judge dismissed a juror Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the trial of two police officers facing murder charges for killing James Boyd in 2014. Jurors are not supposed to discuss the trial with anyone.

"You may have noticed that one of your fellow jurors is no longer with us," Judge Alisa Hadfield addressed the court. "And that’s because it was determined that there was a violation of my instructions with regard to not talking about anything involving the case on the telephone with anybody. "

Hadfield explained that her goal is to avoid any possibility of the trial being tossed out on a technicality. Lawyer Sam Bregman, who represents former officer Keith Sandy, argued unsuccessfully in favor of keeping the juror.

This comes on the heels of another stern warning from the judge on Tuesday afternoon. She said a juror reported that they could overhear onlookers discussing the jurors during the trial.

Fifteen jurors, including three alternates, were selected, so there are still enough to continue with the trial.

Marisa Demarco began a career in radio at KUNM News in late 2013 and covered public health for much of her time at the station. During the pandemic, she is also the executive producer for Your NM Government and No More Normal, shows focused on the varied impacts of COVID-19 and community response, as well as racial and social justice. She joined Source New Mexico as editor-in-chief in 2021.
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