Deliberations continue, defense motions for mistrial in Peachtree Mall murder case

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Jurors have resumed deliberations in the Peachtree Mall murder trial in Columbus.

One member of the panel is an alternate juror, called in after the jury foreman was dismissed.

Judge Frank Jordan took the action Friday after hearing reports the woman threatened several of her fellow jurors.

Attorneys for the three defendants objected to the dismissal and demanded a mistrial. They are suspected of killing Anthony Meredith outside Peachtree Mall last year.

Nancy Miller, who represents Terell McFarland says the introduction of this new juror can harm her client's opportunity for a fair trial.

"I do believe that the process has potentially undermined Mr. McFarland's chances for a fair trial, one thing I'm concerned about for him is that even though the jurors seem to be more split with him, will this panel of jurors now see this juror's removal as a sign, if they don't agree, if they decide to don't vote to convict Mr. McFarland will any of them feel they'll be removed," said Miller

All three defense attorneys were denied the request for a mistrial by the judge Monday morning.

The day ended with no verdict being reached. Judge Frank Jordan Jr, dismissed the jurors at 5:15 p.m.

Deliberations will resume Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.

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