STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Alabama judge declares mistrial after juror's web search

A judge in Alabama has declared a mistrial in a murder case after a juror searched the internet for the defendant's criminal record.

Posted: Sep 20, 2018 4:01 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A judge in Alabama has declared a mistrial in a murder case after a juror searched the internet for the defendant's criminal record.

Al.com reported Jefferson County Circuit Judge Teresa Pulliam declared a mistrial in the case of 33-year-old Fessor Raynard Pearson, who was on trial in the 2015 shooting death of 56-year-old James Morgan.

Jurors began deliberations in Pearson's case. The newspaper reported that court records show a juror used a cellphone to search the internet to determine Pearson's criminal background and told other jurors.

Pulliam said she had no choice but to declare a mistrial. A new trial for Pearson is set Nov. 26.

Police said Morgan died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Pearson's lawyer said police ignored evidence pointing to another suspect.

Article Comments

Tupelo
Overcast
47° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 45°
Columbus
Overcast
45° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 42°
Oxford
Overcast
43° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 39°
Starkville
Overcast
43° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 43°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather