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Juror in contempt for posting online comments in news article about trial of attorney murder case

Posted May 21, 2013 8:20 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A juror has been held in contempt for posting online comments, during trial last year, in a newspaper article about the felony-murder case against one of nine defendants accused of playing a role in the slaying of a Kansas attorney.

James M. Reeder must either pay a $1,000 fine or serve 3 days in jail, reports the Topeka Capital-Journal. A judge in the Shawnee County case ordered the newspaper to reveal his identity after a commenter claiming to be a juror posted online.

The defendant, Anceo Stovall, had been charged with felony first-degree murder of Natalie Gibson, but the jury hung on all counts except two, convicting him of the armed robbery of a co-defendant and acquitting him of a Jeep burglary. He subsequently took a plea deal and was sentenced in February to 109 months for reckless second-degree murder, and an additional 22 months for crimes committed against Gibson's life partner, Lori Allison.

See also

ABAJournal.com: "9 Charged with Felony Murder and Robbery in Slaying of Kansas Lawyer Shot to Death at Her Home"

ABAJournal.com: "First Felony Murder Trial Under Way in Slaying of Kansas Lawyer"

ABAJournal.com: "Judge Orders Newspaper to ID Claimed Juror Who Commented Online During Trial Over Attorney’s Murder"

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