New Lemaricus Davidson motion says "praise" service impacted jury

6:55 PM, Dec 28, 2012   |    comments
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After newly filed information in the Christian-Newsom case, attorneys for Lemaricus Davidson are asking for a new trial due to outside influences on the jury during deliberations.

The motion says the jury held a religious "praise" service while deliberating Davidson's death sentence. It goes on to state that the jury violated Davidson's rights to a fair trial and due process, an impartial jury, and fair, reliable, individualized sentencing.

Post trial documents show one of the jurors had requested a praise service. It also reported that the jury utilized copies of hymns, and one juror led the others in song, while accompanying them with a guitar. A second juror read a Bible verse.

A judge will hear the amended motion at 9 a.m. on January 10.

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