Defense In Britt Trial Drops Motion For Mistrial
Posted May 24, 2006 12:24 p.m. EDT
LUMBERTON, N.C. — The trial of a Cary contractor accused of murdering his wife is moving forward.
Myron Britt is accused of killing his wife, Nancy Britt, a popular Wake County high-school teacher, in 2003 at her childhood home in Lumberton.
On Tuesday, a former assistant medical examiner was testifying about Nancy Britt's fatal bullet wound when an alternate juror asked for a recess. The juror then fainted in the jury room. The doctor went to help the juror, but the defense did not want him to enter the jury room because he was still on the witness stand.
Myron Britt's attorney asked for a mistrial because the perception of the jury may be that the defense did not allow aid. On Wednesday, defense attorneys offered a compromise motion, asking to excuse the doctor. The prosecution objected, and the judge denied the defense request.
Both the prosecution and defense questioned the juror who fainted, along with the other jurors. Both sides agreed to let all of the jurors continue with the trial.
Prosecutors contend Myron Britt shot his wife to get life insurance money.