Juror Dismissed In Mattapan Murders, Deliberations To Start Anew
BOSTON (AP/CBS) —In the latest twist in the Mattapan murders trial, a juror has been thrown out and deliberations will start anew, according to the judge in the quadruple murder trial.
The jury in the retrial of a Boston man charged with fatally shooting four people and leaving a fifth paralyzed during a drug-related robbery was set to resume deliberations Monday morning but it was disclosed a juror had done outside research.
The judge learned the juror had done Internet searches on ballistics evidence. This violated the rules of the trial.
The alternate juror will take the other juror’s place.
Prior to deliberations beginning for another day, the judge held a long sidebar with lawyers for both sides.
The jury wrapped up Friday without reaching a verdict when one member fell ill.
Dwayne Moore is charged with killing three adults and a toddler in the city’s Mattapan neighborhood in September 2010. His first trial ended in a hung jury. A co-defendant was acquitted.
Moore’s lawyer says the prosecution’s star witness is a liar.
The prosecutor said the testimony of more than 40 witnesses proves Moore’s guilt.
The jurors are from Worcester County because the defense said publicity made it hard to get an impartial Boston jury.