Jury misconduct hearings move forward in Thomas Murphy case; father of victim calls them a 'deception'
As jury misconduct hearings continued Thursday, Thomas Murphy's defense team contended that they are just trying to get a fair trial, but the victim's father thinks otherwise.
The jury misconduct hearing in the Thomas Murphy case continued into a second day Thursday, with more jurors explaining how they behaved during the trial.
In December, Murphy was found guilty of driving drunk and killing 12-year-old Andrew McMorris while he was on a hike with his Boy Scout troop.
Murphy's defense team is contending jurors discussed the case with each other before deliberations. Three jurors Wednesday backed up the defense's claim, but seven more jurors were called Thursday and said they didn't hear anyone talk about the case before deliberations.
At certain points Thursday, exchanges between defense attorney Stephen Politi and the judge and assistant district attorney were heated, but didn't rise to Wednesday's level, when Politi was held in contempt of court.
While Politi says he is just trying to get his client a fair trial, Andrew McMorris' father emotionally derided the hearings.
"This jury misconduct, it's just a deception, he's muddying the waters, he's trying to divert the attention away. Let's not forget about Andrew," says John McMorris, Andrew's father.
Three more jurors are expected to testify Friday, with a fourth juror testifying on Sept. 29.