KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - A juror in a southeast Washington murder trial has been dismissed after prosecutors say she used her cellphone during deliberations to research the meaning of "premeditation."
The Tri-City Herald reports (http://is.gd/uaFpXm) that an alternate juror was summoned Monday and the Benton County panel must start over in its deliberations.
Jurors are told by the judge that they are not to do their own research or to view media reports on the case. A large sign also hangs in each jury room with those warnings.
A male juror told the bailiff what the woman had done and she was brought into the courtroom for questioning. She reportedly couldn't find the definition of premeditation in the packet of legal instructions provided by the court, so she says she pulled out her phone, telling the rest of the panel that she was looking for the word.
Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com
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