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Eric Campbell murder trial on hold 'indefinitely' while juror recovers from crash

Posted July 31

— Deliberations in the Eric Campbell murder trial were delayed indefinitely on Monday after one juror was in a car accident.

Courtroom officials said the woman was injured in a wreck on Saturday and needed to attend an orthopedist appointment on Monday.

Court will be on hold until she is well enough to return, officials said.

According to Superior Court Judge Henry Hight, the juror will be fine, but there is no estimate on when she will return to the courtroom.

The injured juror is the same one who asked to be dismissed on Friday "due to being unable to properly evaluate the case," officials said.

Campbell, 24, of Alvin, Texas, is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, second-degree arson, robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle, financial card theft, identity theft and two counts of cruelty to animals in the Dec. 31, 2014, deaths of Jerome Faulkner, 73, and his wife, Dora Faulkner, 62.

If Campbell is convicted of first-degree murder, he could face the death penalty.

Jurors have deliberated for more than four hours since Thursday without reaching any verdicts.‚Äč


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  • Pam Price Jul 31, 4:31 p.m.
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    I would hate to be on this jury. I had wonderful parents, but I know people that did not. I know some people that were scared of their parents. I know some that wanted to avoid them. I know some that had great ones too. I can't imagine being in Eric Campbell's mind as a child. We know his father was a terrible human being. This young man would have probably given anything to have a normal family life, but he didn't . I don't envy the jury. And who knows how it has affected this juror..obviously it has messed with her mind. Life isn't pretty and it's not black and white. It's not always a matter of guilty OR innocent - there are so many in betweens. This one crime has taken a toll on many many people..so many victims. Whether we like it or not, Eric has been it's longest victim. I don't know what he did or didn't do, all I am saying is after reading about his childhood, if it doesn't make you sick, make you want to hug your child a bit longer, make you think.but by the grace of God..

  • Casey Savelli Jul 31, 3:30 p.m.
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    I read the article ... did you?? Let me refer you to the 5th paragraph of the article. This is the SAME juror that asked to be dismissed on Friday "due to being unable to properly evaluate the case". If you refer back to previous articles and familiarize yourself with the case you will understand my comment.

    Check facts b/f pointing fingers my dear! :)

  • Nancy Oberman Jul 31, 3:22 p.m.
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    How convenient...Friday she stated she was unable to "properly evaluate the case", Saturday she's in a minor crash and has to go to the Doc and doesn't know when she can come back.... more than one way to skin that cat,.....just saying.....

  • Rod Runner Jul 31, 2:47 p.m.
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    One person can't handle the pressure of being a juror?

    Did we not read the same article? The juror was injured in a car accident and has to go to the orthopedist today.

    What does any of that have to do with the pressure of being on a jury?

  • Patrick Gentry Jul 31, 1:07 p.m.
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    From how the first article on Friday was written it made it sound like their was no alternates since it would of been a mistrial if the judge had allowed the jurors request to be dismissed. That's why he sent the jurors home for the weekend early, because the judge, prosecution, and defense all agreed they want to avoid a mistrial if at all possible.

  • Casey Savelli Jul 31, 12:26 p.m.
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    They need to put in an alternate ... this family has suffered enough and the fact that one person can't handle the pressure of being a juror should cause them more! Let's MOVE ALONG!!

  • Jason Merrill Jul 31, 10:46 a.m.
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    Isn't that what alternates are for?