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Jurors squabble over manslaughter mistrial of jail nurse

A juror who wanted to convict a nurse accused of manslaughter for depriving a south Mississippi prisoner of insulin says she feels like she failed the inmate's family.

Posted: Jan. 28, 2018 8:55 PM

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — A juror who wanted to convict a nurse accused of manslaughter for depriving a south Mississippi prisoner of insulin says she feels like she failed the inmate's family.

Ashley Parnell tells the Sun Herald that she feels jurors let nurse Carmon Brannan go because "we had one juror that would not follow the laws."

The unnamed holdout, though, says in an email to the Sun Herald that she looked at the evidence closely and that other jurors were biased in favor of convicting Brannan.

A mistrial was declared Monday after jurors split 11-1 to convict Brannon of manslaughter in the 2014 death of William Joel Dixon. The diabetic George County jail inmate died after not receiving insulin for seven days, even though his drug was at the jail.

Parnell and two other jurors say the holdout juror appeared to have made up her mind to acquit Brannan before the trial ended. They say the holdout discounted testimony from jail guards, saying she'd had a personal experience when guards lied.

Brannon says she's innocent.

Prosecutors say Brannan ignored repeated requests to help Dixon because she believed he was going through withdrawal from methamphetamine. Brannon claimed Dixon was sitting up on the morning of his death, but a video shows her peering through a cell window when he was already dead on the floor.

District Attorney Tony Lawrence plans to retry the case.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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