PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) – A juror in a murder trial who went to the scene of the killing on her own, causing a mistrial, has admitted she lied to a judge about being there.
Media outlets report 32-year-old Taniqra Payne pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of making a false statement. She was sentenced to two years of probation and will pay the cost of the murder trial as part of a plea deal.
Payne was a juror in the September trial of Tremaine Jackson. Jackson is accused of shooting Bryan Rogers to death in 2015 in Charleston.
During the jury’s deliberations, Kanawha Circuit Judge Charles King told lawyers Payne had been seen that morning where Rogers was shot.
Payne told the court Tuesday that she lied because she was scared.