Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Waiting for a verdict

A jury deliberated until 11:30 p.m. on the case of Jeremiah Felton. After the guilty verdict was read and court was adjourned, some jurors received concerning text messages on their cell phones. Security was heightened and all jurors and court employees were escorted to their vehicles by sheriff deputies. After an investigation the next day, it was determined that the messages were not a threat.

Jeremiah Felton stands with his defense attorneys, Tayyibah Sethi, left, and Jacqueline Rogers, right, as the jury enters the courtroom before handing over their guilty verdict on the count of first-degree intentional homicide at the Brown County Courthouse in Green Bay, Wis., late Monday evening, Oct. 26, 2009. Felton, 21, of Green Bay, had been accused of killing his 4-month old son, Jeremiah "J.J." Felton, Jr., in June 2008.

Two women in the courtroom gallery react to Jeremiah Felton being found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide at the Brown County Courthouse in Green Bay, Wis., late Monday evening, Oct. 26, 2009.

Bailiff Bob Demro hands Judge Kendall Kelley a juror's phone after a concerning text message was sent to two of the jurors after the panel found Jeremiah Felton guilty of first-degree intentional homicide.

After conferring with Judge Kendall Kelley, Brown County Sheriff Sgt. Kirk Schupbach hands Bailiff Bob Demro a juror's phone after a concerning text message was sent to two of the jurors after the panel found Jeremiah Felton guilty of first-degree intentional homicide.

Brown County Sheriff deputies monitor the Brown County Courthouse after Jeremiah Felton was found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide at the Brown County Courthouse in Green Bay, Wis., late Monday evening, Oct. 26, 2009. Two jurors received concerning text messages on their cellular phones after the verdict was read that caused courthouse security to take extra precautions. Felton, 21, of Green Bay, had been accused of killing his 4-month old son, Jeremiah "J.J." Felton, Jr., in June 2008.
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