- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A judge has declared a mistrial in a Springfield murder case after finding that a deliberating juror engaged in improper communications with three alternate jurors.

The Republican reports (https://bit.ly/1PFP562 ) that Judge Richard Carey declared the mistrial Thursday in the case of Frederick Pinney, who is accused in the March 2014 killing of 29-year-old TayClair Moore. Moore, who rented a room in Pinney’s home, was found strangled in Pinney’s room.

The judge received a note from the jury foreman Wednesday afternoon saying a juror had told fellow deliberating jurors that the three alternate jurors believed Pinney was not guilty. Carey had told jurors not to discuss the case with anyone. The deliberating jurors were the only ones allowed to discuss the case.

A new trial hasn’t been scheduled.


Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, https://www.masslive.com/news/

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