Allegations of juror, witness communicating in Pettway murder trial

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by Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 15 at 5:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Closing arguments in the Steven Pettway murder trial were delayed Wednesday in a Jefferson County Circuit courtroom.

A juror and witness in the case came into question as to whether the two had some form of communication outside the courtroom. According to two people associated with the case, they testified Wednesday that they saw the juror in question and a witness sitting at the same table during a lunch break Tuesday afternoon.

Both parties making the accusation admit they did not hear or actually see the juror and witness communicating with each other.

“I think we need to satisfy ourselves that there was no improper information or conduct,” said Judge Angela McCormick Bisig, Jefferson County Circuit Court.  “And maybe there was not and we will go forward. Or maybe there is an issue that we need to deal with. I’m just gathering information at this point of what I’m told because it’s involving a juror and obviously a juror being neutral and partial is critical to our system of justice. “

Judge Angela McCormick Bisig decided to question the jurors as a whole rather than single out the juror in question if any of them had any form of communication about the case with anybody outside the courtroom. All the jurors shook their head ‘no.’

Bisig ruled there was no improper conduct and continued with the case.
 

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