San Antonio juror visited crime scene at 5 a.m. — so killer’s lawyer asked for new trial

February 25, 2017 GMT

After Demond Franklin, 31, was found guilty of capital murder last December and sentenced to life in prison for a robbery-related killing, his lawyer asked for a new trial.

A juror had decided to visit the crime scene at 5 a.m. to see if the nighttime lighting matched the courtroom testimony. Then he shared his information with other jurors. It was exactly what the judge had told jurors not to do.

On Friday, a judge rejected the motion for a new trial, sending Franklin back to prison, where he had been sentenced to spend the rest of his life for killing Deandre Thompson, 20, in October of 2014.

But the curious juror’s unapproved fact-finding mission had the courthouse talking. Read the whole story at ExpressNews.com or in Saturday’s Express-News.