FAIRFIELD — A judge on Tuesday refused to order a new trial for a convicted killer who claims he was the victim of juror misconduct during his August 2013 murder trial.
Judge Wendy G. Getty ordered four of the jurors to return to her court in the upcoming weeks to be questioned about what happened during their deliberations before finding Ryan J. Moore guilty of murder for the shooting death of 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.
Moore’s attorney asked Getty last month to not wait until meeting with jurors and to order a new trial as soon as possible.
Getty ordered two jurors to show up in court on Monday and two others on Jan. 21 to answer her questions about if and to what extent jurors may have talked about Moore not taking the witness stand and testifying during his trial. Getty said the questioning of the jurors may be done behind closed doors.
Before jury deliberations in the trial got underway, Getty told jurors they should not consider Moore testifying or not testifying.
Some jurors already contacted by Moore’s defense attorney and the prosecutor said the issue of Moore not testifying was discussed, although the estimates of the extent and length of the jury’s discussions varied from a few minutes to an hour and potentially up to four hours.
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