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Trial Juror Sent Victim’s Family Texts

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File photo of a jury box. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a jury box. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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DARIEN, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man convicted in the death of his teenage stepson is demanding a new trial after one of the jurors confessed to sending text messages to the victim’s family during the proceedings.

A McIntosh County jury in October convicted Brian Gale of voluntary manslaughter and depriving a minor. His 15-year-old stepson, Daniel Head, was found dead in March 2010 in a swamp where they were scouting for wild turkey.

The Georgia Times-Union reports juror Michael Sinclair testified at a hearing Tuesday that he sent text messages to the victim’s brother, Christopher Head. One of them said: “Dude. We’re doing everything we can.”

Defense lawyer Carlton Gibson wants a judge to order a new trial. But prosecutors say there’s no evidence the juror discussed details of the case.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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