Posted: Mar 21, 2013 12:01 PM
LOUISVILLE (AP) - An eastern Kentucky man serving life in prison after being convicted of killing three children will get a new trial after the Kentucky Supreme Court concluded a juror should have been removed from the case before the trial started.
Justice Will T. Scott found that a judge should have granted a juror's wish not to serve in the case of 32-year-old Clayton Jackson in 2004 when he went on trial for arson and murder in Clay County. The juror was a friend of the victim's brother.
Justice Bill Cunningham dissented, saying dismissing the juror would have been a "thin reed of speculation" about how the juror's relationship would affect his judgment in the case.
Jackson was convicted of killing Michael, Robert and Jordon Sturgill.
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