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Juror in Boggess Trial Will Remain on Panel

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RALEIGH — A potential juror conflict is behind thelatest delay in the Todd Boggess murder trial. Boggess is charged with the1995 death of high school honor student Daniel Pence.

One of the jurors on the panel recently discovered that one of herfriends has a close relationship with the victim's mother. Defenseattorneys questioned the juror Wednesday, and determined that she willremain on the panel.

But another complication has arisen with the jury in the case.

An alternate juror who is a supervisor at Duke University Medical Centersays her boss disapproves of her spending four to sixweeks on jury duty. The juror said her boss thought that if she took thatmuch time from her job at the patients and visitorservices department, she didn't care about her job.

The juror says she doesn't want any repercussions. However, Judge OrlandoHudson says he wants the juror's boss to cometo court to explain why the woman's service would be such aninconvenience.

The boss was scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

The trial is now expected to resume Friday.