- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A mistrial has been declared in a case of three men accused of robbing a pharmacy in February after authorities say a spectator made a comment to a juror in a courthouse hallway.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Judge George Stigler ordered the mistrial Wednesday after finding the 23-year-old spectator in contempt of court and sending him to jail for 180 days.

The man allegedly approached a juror during a break and told her to find the defendants not guilty.

Sheriff’s deputies brought the man into the courtroom after Stigler learned about the encounter. The man declined to comment and asked for an attorney.

Stigler says defendants K’von Henderson, Riley Mallett and Cody Plummer had nothing to do with the comment.

The case will be set for a retrial.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com

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