by Channel 2 News staff
Sunday, October 26, 2008
WASHINGTON -- A juror whose father died was excused Sunday from participating in the trial of Sen. Ted Stevens.
Deliberations will resume Monday morning with an alternate juror filling her spot.
The judge in the case had hoped to reach the grieving juror by Sunday evening to find out if she would be able to stick with the case.
Attempts to reach her were unsuccessful, and over the objection of Stevens' defense team the judge decided to move on without her.
The judge feared proceeding with 11 jurors instead of 12 could jeopardize the trial in the event of additional jury problems.