Trials & Litigation

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

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 “9 Charged with Felony Murder and Robbery in Slaying of Kansas Lawyer Shot to Death at Her Home” “First Felony Murder Trial Under Way in Slaying of Kansas Lawyer” “Judge Orders Newspaper to ID Claimed Juror Who Commented Online During Trial Over Attorney’s Murder”

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