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Romantic Note Interrupts Conn. Home Invasion Trial

Monday, 01 Nov 2010 12:42 PM

 

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge has rejected a defense motion to dismiss the last alternate juror in a deadly home invasion trial after she showed romantic interest in a court worker.

The judge said Monday that a "middle school note" the juror attempted to pass to a court security officer Friday was "spectacularly poor judgment" but did not affect her impartiality. A clerk intercepted the note.

A defense lawyer called the note "disturbing." Prosecutors opposed the motion, saying the juror has been paying attention.

Hayes was convicted of killing a Cheshire woman and her two daughters in a home invasion in 2007. The jury is weighing whether he should be put to death or receive a life sentence.

The judge dismissed a juror Friday who was overheard making a derogatory comment to another juror.

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