DA's Office Quiet On Possibility Of Charges Against Juror

By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
13 News asked the DA

Anceo Stovall

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Shawnee County District Attorney's office would not say Wednesday whether a juror who posted comments on an online news story will face charges.

District Court Judge Evelyn Wilson issued a ruling Tuesday, saying that James Reeder's actions in posting comments on a CJOnline story about the trial on which he was serving as a juror constituted misconduct.

Reeder was a juror in the trial for Anceo Stovall. Stovall was convicted on one robbery count, but jurors could not reach a verdict in nine other counts related to what prosecutors say was a robbery-gone-wrong that ended with the shooting death of Natalie Gibson.

13 News asked the DA's office Wednesday if Reeder would face charges for juror misconduct, and whether it would be a misdemeanor or felony. The DA's spokesperson Lee McGowan said they're "not in a position to comment on that."

Judge Wilson has set a December 17th hearing on whether Stovall will get a new trial on the robbery conviction because of the Reeder misconduct.

A new trial on the nine counts related to the Gibson murder is set to begin January 31, 2013.

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