Source: Juror In Piazza Murder Case May Have Been Intimidated
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Two more jurors have been dismissed from the panel hearing the “Piazza at Schmidt’s” double murder case.
According to sources, the jury is now down to twelve — with no alternates remaining — after a woman on the panel told court officials she felt threatened by the remarks of a man whom she ran into near the Criminal Justice Center, where the case is being tried (see related story).
The source quotes the woman as saying the man made some sort of reference to “being alone,” and the exclamation point was the next day when she saw him from the jury box, sitting in the back of the courtroom.
Another juror expressed similar views, although sources did not indicate that the other juror felt directly threatened. Still, that juror was also excused.
Before testimony started last week, two other jurors were let go.
There is a gag order in effect on this case, so neither prosecutors nor defense lawyers can comment.
Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio 1060