FULTON COUNTY, OH (WTOL) - In a stunning development in the capital murder trial of The People vs. James Worley, one juror was dismissed from the jury Monday night.
Early Tuesday morning, that juror, who is pregnant, contacted the jury commission to tell them she was sick.
After some discussion, it was decided she needed to be dismissed from the jury.
This erases three-and-a-half hours of jury deliberations from Monday night, as the deliberations must now start again from scratch to ensure a fair trail.
The dismissed juror took excellent notes during Monday's deliberations, but these notes and nay decisions she made can not be used moving forward.
A replacement juror was chosen from the alternate pool.
"You have a new jury. This is not the old jury," said Judge Jeffrey Robinson. "What this means is you need to begin your deliberations again. So whatever decisions you may have made, and I have no idea if you made any, you're going to have to start from square one."
The jury will only take a break from deliberations for lunch.
WTOL is on verdict watch and will update you with the jury's decision on air and online as soon as it comes in.