PHOENIX (KSAZ) -
A juror was dismissed from the trial of a man accused of shooting and killing a Glendale Police Officer. He was dismissed after he allegedly said some comments about the defendant.
The juror allegedly told a golf partner that the defendant in the case he was on was "definitely guilty."
That partner told an employee of the court that he knew. After questioning the juror, the judge removed him from the case.
"I think we may have an issue with one of our jurors," said Judge Joseph Kreamer.
With no jurors present, Judge Kreamer told attorneys that a doctor who is also a golf partner of juror number 4 had contacted a court employee.
"The doctor said, "My friend says the defendant is definitely guilty, and the trial goes to the end of August... they asked the doctor to text the juror and say "Is Juan Martinez the Prosecutor" the answer was yes, and it's the Hulsey case," said Kreamer.
The defense said they had complained to the court about the juror before.
"We note every time he comes in, the first person he looks for is the family, he makes eye contact with them, we noticed his behavior. Now this is way over the top," said Michael Reeves.
After questioning the juror, the judge dismissed him from the case. The trial continued with testimony from retired Glendale Homicide Detective Robert Hawkins.
Hawkins investigated the case in which Bryan Hulsey is accused of shooting and killing Glendale Police officer Anthony Holly during a traffic stop in 2007.
"It's officer Holly's ballistic vest," said Hawkins.
Hawkins appeared to get emotional while holding the officer's ballistic vest.
A prosecutor asked Hawkins if it was clear to see the badge on the vest. Hawkins replied, "No sir, it has blood stains on it."
Hawkins also showed jurors the .357 magnum Hulsey allegedly fired four shots out of. Hawkins said Holly's partner, Officer David Goitia, fired 13 rounds from his gun trying to stop Hulsey.
Defense attorneys allege that Goitia accidentally shot Holly as he was firing at the suspect. A claim that the prosecution vehemently denies.
An alternate juror will take the place of the dismissed juror. The trial resumes Tuesday.
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