NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) - A juror in the case of a northern Kentucky woman convicted of murdering her boyfriend says he had no idea he was a felon and did not mean to lie on a jury questionnaire.
Shayna Hubers is serving 40 years in prison for shooting 29-year-old Ryan Poston six times in 2012 after the couple fought.
The Kentucky Enquirer reports (https://cin.ci/1PLRdOQ) one of those who convicted Hubers was Daniel Craig, who pleaded guilty in 1992 of falling behind more than $8,000 in child support.
“That was 23 years ago,” Craig said. “It never, never, ever crossed my mind when I was down there. If they told me it was a felony, if they did, I don’t remember that.”
Because felons are not allowed to serve on Kentucky juries, Hubers is asking the judge to set aside her conviction, declare a mistrial or order a new trial.
Craig said he was very concerned that his error could be the cause of a mistrial.
“Could I be the reason, the technicality that she could get out on?,” he asked. “She don’t deserve to get out. That’s going to be on my shoulders.”
Craig said he has only a 9th-grade education and did not think that people like him ever served on juries.
He took the responsibility seriously, always showing up early, never talking to anyone about the trial until it was over, wearing a collared shirt every day, not watching the news and reserving judgment until the end.
After the trial he not only kept the summons, his parking pass and the juror button - he laminated all the paperwork as a keepsake.
“I was so proud I got picked. I was so proud I got to serve on a jury. I got to serve my community,” he said. “I think I’m the first one in my family to ever serve on a jury.”
Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, https://www.nky.com
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