Trials & Litigation
Holdout Juror’s Suicide Threat Results in Mistrial for Mom Accused in Daughter’s Death
Posted Nov 22, 2011 1:12 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
A Texas jury hearing a murder case against a San Antonio mom accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter sent three notes to the judge yesterday.
All indicated that the panel was hung, 11-1, although it wasn't clear if the majority wanted to convict Andrisela Ng, 24, of murder or the lesser included offense of injury to a child. However, the third note was a show-stopper, informing District Judge Maria Teresa Herr that one of the jurors was threatening to kill himself if he had to vote to convict in the case, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Herr then declared a mistrial. Ng is expected to be retried early next year.
“Never in all my years of practice have I had a note like that,” said attorney Stephanie Boyd, who is representing Ng. “This juror decided what his vote was, and he was not going to bend.”