TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Juror misconduct is being alleged in the trial of a man accused in the death of a Topeka woman and the wounding of her life partner.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports attorneys for Anceo Stovall filed a motion Tuesday saying a Shawnee County juror accessed an online news story about Stovall’s trial while the jury was deliberating. The attorneys say that violated the judge’s instructions and would be a basis for a new trial.
The jury in late July could not reach verdicts on the nine of 11 charges against the 27-year-old Stovall, including first-degree murder in the July 2011 shooting death of 40-year-old Natalie Gibson. He was found innocent of one burglary charge and guilty of aggravated robbery of a co-defendant.