Man charged with jury tampering

April 17, 2008 8:42:00 AM PDT
A 23-year-old man has been charged with jury tampering after Delaware Capitol Police say he told a juror in a murder trial that he "better not" find the defendant guilty. Police say Carl Roy made the comment on Wednesday at the New Castle County Courthouse while the juror was on lunch break. The juror reported the remark to court officials and was allowed to continue serving.

Roy was arrested and charged with jury tampering, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $2,300. The jury is considering the case of 18-year-old Mark Purnell, who is charged with first-degree murder in the January 2006 slaying of Tamika Giles. Purnell faces life in prison if found guilty.

Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal, http://www.delawareonline.com

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