FAIRFIELD — A pair of jurors from a 2013 murder trial came to court Tuesday to answer questions about how much discussion went on during closed-door deliberations about whether or not the accused killer’s decision not to testify factored into their verdict.
The jurors, the third and fourth questioned by Judge Wendy G. Getty, gave very divergent answers during the hour-long hearing. One juror said the subject of Ryan J. Moore not testifying was raised but “just for a few seconds” during two days of deliberations. The other juror said that the subject of Moore not testifying was raised on and off for a total of about four hours during deliberations.
The same divergence of juror perspectives was evident when Getty questioned two other jurors last week.
Getty told jurors repeatedly during the trial that during their deliberations, they should not consider whether or not Moore testified.
Getty, who could have questioned the former jurors behind closed-doors, opted for open hearings with each of the four jurors sitting in the jury box while answering her questions. Getty ended the hearing by telling the prosecutor and Moore’s defense attorney, Meenha Lee, that she would rule Feb. 4 on Lee’s request to have Moore’s guilty verdict thrown out and to order a new trial.
Moore shot and killed Bettina Brown on the night of Oct. 23, 2012, at his Stellar Way home in Suisun City. Moore had been drinking heavily before he picked up a rifle and shot Brown in the chest.
A two-week jury trial in August 2013 ended with jurors rejecting the claim that the shooting was an accident and finding Moore guilty of second-degree murder and firearms charges that would result in a likely 40-years-to-life prison sentence.
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