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Sunday, April 24, 2005

Convenience Store Camera Catches Juror In Lie: Murder Conviction Reversed

From MSNBC.com:  "The juror in the Prince William County murder trial swore to the judge that she had not bought any newspapers. The defense attorney swore that she had.

Then came the videotape.  The attorney produced a surveillance tape from a 7-Eleven in Old Town Manassas showing juror Lindy L. Heaster buying a copy of The Washington Post and the Potomac News -- and the juror suddenly became the accused.

Circuit Court Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. threw out a murder conviction against Gerardo N. Lara Sr., the man Heaster had helped convict of killing his estranged wife. Alston found Heaster in contempt of court this week and indicated that she could be forced to pay the cost of the five-day trial.  And yesterday, prosecutors said they are considering perjury charges against Heaster."  Story . . .  [Mark Godsey]

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