WAYNESBORO, VA (WWBT) - Letters are being sent to jurors serving on the case of a murdered Waynesboro Reserve Police Captain after their names and information were leaked forcing a mistrial in the case.
A judge has declared a mistrial for all six suspects accused in the robbery and killing of Capt. Kevin Quick after a mistake potentially compromised jurors' safety, according to NBC29. Now a new trial must be sent for Shantai Shelton, Mersadies Shelton, Daniel Mathis, Travis Bell aka Kweli Uhuru, Halisi Uhuru and Anthony Stokes.
A detailed list of the juror pool somehow got copied and ended up passed around the Orange County Jail. That list includes names, addresses, number of children, even partial Social Security numbers. Authorities have not said identify which defendant had the juror list.
The judge sent out notification letters to all of the jurors explaining what happened, according to NBC29.
The leak of personal jury information has thrown the murder case of Captain Kevin Quick into a state of flux. "The system only works if jurors are unaffected by concerns about personal safety," says NBC12 legal analyst Steve Benjamin. "I think the judge was absolutely correct in granting the mistrial because sometime it's much better to start over, rather than take the risk by having this very important case decided by a possibly tainted jury."
The six defendants are alleged gang members who belong to the "99 Goon Syndikate." Benjamin says this should have never happened. "Generally a defendant himself does not have access to a juror's identifying information," he said. And the jury list is usually not public record. "It's not destroyed , it's maintained in court records but it's sealed and it's not provided to the public," says Benjamin.
He says if you are in a jury pool and feel threatened, you should call law enforcement right away.
The Waynesboro Reserve Police Captain's body was found in a remote area along on the Fluvanna and Goochland county line.