Possible new trial after juror Facebook message - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Possible new trial after juror Facebook message

NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - A man sentenced to life in prison in his roommate's murder could get a new trial because one of the jurors contacted a witness on Facebook.

According to court filings, the juror knew the medical examiner and sent her a message congratulating her on doing a "great job" during her testimony.

The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the judge in William Darelle Smith's 2010 murder trial should have conducted a hearing on the Facebook communication as soon as he learned of it.

The Supreme Court said the communication may have been harmless, but it is impossible to know because no hearing was conducted. The trial court was ordered to conduct a full hearing. If it cannot do that, Smith is to be granted a new trial.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • NewsMore>>

  • THP searching for suspect after pursuit

    THP searching for suspect after pursuit

    Friday, January 19 2018 4:07 AM EST2018-01-19 09:07:10 GMT

    As of 3:50 am, Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers are searching for a suspect after an early morning pursuit. 

    More

    As of 3:50 am, Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers are searching for a suspect after an early morning pursuit. 

    More
  • Road closures for January 20

    Road closures for January 20

    Friday, January 19 2018 3:38 AM EST2018-01-19 08:38:08 GMT

    Road closures for the weekend of January 20, 2018.

    More

    Road closures for the weekend of January 20, 2018.

    More
  • 10 Things to Know for Friday

    10 Things to Know for Friday

    Friday, January 19 2018 12:05 AM EST2018-01-19 05:05:29 GMT
    Among 10 Things to Know: Prosecutor says California parents who tortured children were 'depraved'; blood test to detect eight cancers early gives promising results; Amazon sweepstakes narrowed to 20 competitors.More
    Among 10 Things to Know: Prosecutor says California parents who tortured children were 'depraved'; blood test to detect eight cancers early gives promising results; Amazon sweepstakes narrowed to 20 competitors.More
Powered by Frankly