FAIRFIELD — A former juror in a murder trial confirmed Monday that his guilty verdict was swayed in part by the accused killer not taking the witness stand during his trial.
The juror, one of two jurors questioned by Judge Wendy G. Getty during an hour-long hearing, said he called Getty’s chambers the morning after his vote to find Ryan J. Moore guilty of second-degree murder. The juror said the issue of Moore not testifying on his own behalf came up repeatedly during deliberations and was “a common thread” throughout jury deliberations.
Getty, who could have questioned the pair of former jurors behind closed-doors, opted for an open hearing with each of the jurors sitting in the jury box while answering her questions about what took place during deliberations.
The second juror who Getty questioned said the subject of Moore not testifying had been raised, but only in passing and only for a few seconds.
Getty ended the hearing by reminding the prosecutor and Moore’s defense attorney, Meenha Lee, that two additional jurors would be asked questions at a Jan. 21 hearing.
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 the shooting had been an accident and found Moore guilty of second-degree murder and firearms charges that would result in a likely 40-years-to-life prison sentence.
Getty told jurors that during their deliberations, they should not consider whether or not Moore testified.
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