- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A juror excused during an Ohio murder trial is facing a criminal contempt charge.

The Akron Beacon Journal (https://bit.ly/1Dj9bNK ) reports Saturday that Marla Lloyd of Akron was ordered by Common Pleas Judge Tom Parker to appear at a Feb. 17 hearing to answer to the charge.

Her attorney, Walter Madison, says she would never intentionally defy a court order.

Parker removed Lloyd from the jury months ago as it was deliberating charges against Shawn Ford Jr. in the sledgehammer beatings of a New Franklin couple. The judge cited her Facebook connections with some prosecutors.

The jury convicted Ford. Then in a newspaper story published during the sentencing phase, Lloyd was critical of the jurors and the judge.

The jury has recommended sentences but Ford hasn’t been sentenced yet.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, https://www.ohio.com

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