Over and over again in the courthouse, judges instruct jurors not to speak to one another or anyone else about the case. But after learning that jurors were doing just that, the defense motioned for a mistrial, which the judge granted.
One juror reportedly heard another juror talking about how this trial against Eric Torres was in fact a retrial. Another said there was discussion about the case on social media.
Torres, 37, is accused of shooting Philadelphia Police Officer Ed Davies six years ago. He was convicted in 2015 but it was dropped in 2017 by the Pennsylvania Superior Court, because the judge said police officers did not have probable cause to search Torres’ home.
The third trial began Wednesday with opening statements.
Torres maintains he is innocent.
The fourth trial is now slated for March 23, 2020.