By Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2020

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The state’s first jury trial since March has been postponed because the child of a key witness has symptoms consistent with the coronavirus.

Maine hasn’t held criminal jury trials in six months due to the pandemic. The judiciary scheduled three trials this month as pilots. Two are in Augusta and one is in Bangor.

The first trial, scheduled to start on Tuesday, concerned a defendant charged with misdemeanor operating under the influence. However, a police officer who was a key witness has contacted the prosecutor to say his child got sick at daycare and needs to be tested for the virus, the Portland Press Herald reported.

A judge held a hearing on Monday and decided to postpone the trial until the spring. Courts have two other trials scheduled for next week.

Maine has had more than 4,900 cases of the virus.

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