FAIRFIELD — A Suisun City man found guilty of murder at a September jury trial may get his verdict overturned after his lawyer discovered that one or more of the jurors during deliberations talked about the defendant not testifying during his trial.
Ryan J. Moore, 33, was ordered Monday to return to court Jan. 27, 2014, when several of the jurors may be quizzed by Judge Wendy G. Getty about what took place in their closed-door deliberations.
Getty has already reviewed written declarations from some of the jurors, signed under penalty of perjury, that detail their recollection of what was said during deliberations. Getty ordered prosecutors and Moore’s defense attorney to have no contact with any of the jurors before the January hearing.
Moore shot and killed Bettina Brown on the night of Oct. 23, 2012, at his Stellar Way home. Moore had been drinking heavily before he picked up a rifle and shot Brown in the chest.
During the two-week trial, Moore’s lawyer called the shooting an accident and said her client’s blood-alcohol concentration may have been as high as 0.34 percent and that he was experiencing a blackout at the time of the shooting.
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