Juror Claims Threats By Other Jurors During Deliberation - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Juror Claims Threats By Other Jurors During Deliberation

Posted: Updated:
District Attorney Tim Harris District Attorney Tim Harris
Johnson's Defense Attorney Mark Lyons Johnson's Defense Attorney Mark Lyons

A Tulsa courtroom juror claims she was pressured during a recent, high-profile case.

A female member of the jury in the Alonzo Johnson trial wrote a letter raising those concerns.

Johnson was convicted as a member of a murder-for-hire plot that ended with the murder of Tulsa businessman Neal Sweeney. He was formally sentenced to two, back-to-back life sentences and an additional 38 years of time on top of that.

Johnson's defense attorney Mark Lyons told KTUL.com that the juror claimed she was threatened to fall in line with a unanimous guilty verdict. He said he's planning an appeal based on the letter, and several other "flaws" with the case.

"The law is built on common sense and fairness and a fundamental sense of what is right and wrong. You shouldn't have jurors threatening other people into rendering a verdict. I certainly intend to pursue that and see what appellate rights there are," he said.

Tulsa County district attorney Tim Harris disagrees that the process was flawed, because the juror who wrote the letter had several chances to raise her issues.

"Four different times she had to think about her vote in this case. Once in the jury deliberations room so they could inform the court that they had a verdict, then out in open court, under her oath, she testified that was her verdict," he said. He explained her other two chances came in the same fashion due to the informal and formal sentencing process.

"To now say that she was now intimidated just goes to show you that people don't value their oaths," Harris concluded.

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
  • Latest StoriesMore>>

  • UCLA wades through damages from pipe flooding

    UCLA wades through damages from pipe flooding

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:04 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:04:52 GMT
    The quiet summer campus of UCLA found itself suddenly steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some eight million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the...More >>
    The quiet summer campus of UCLA suddenly was steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some 8 million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball...More >>
  • Police: Naked intruder grabbed soda then fell asleep in couple's bedroom

    Police: Naked intruder grabbed soda then fell asleep in couple's bedroom

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:16 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:16:10 GMT
    A New Mexico man faces charges after authorities say a couple found him naked and sleeping in their bed.More >>
    A New Mexico man faces charges after authorities say a couple found him naked and sleeping in their bed.
    More >>
  • Reward offered in McCalla church arson

    Reward offered in McCalla church arson

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:33 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:33:44 GMT
    Investigators have released a sketch of the suspect in a Saturday church arson in McCalla who may be responsible for other fires in the area. They are also offering a five thousand dollar reward for information leading to his arrest.More >>
    Investigators have released a sketch of the suspect in a Saturday church arson in McCalla who may be responsible for other fires in the area. They are also offering a five thousand dollar reward for information leading to his arrest.More >>
  • Greene County Schools ready to "turn up"

    Greene County Schools ready to "turn up"

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:49 AM EDT2014-07-30 12:49:10 GMT
    The Greene County School System has announced a back to school event. It's called the “Back to School Turn-Up.” More >>
    The Greene County School System has announced a back to school event. It's called the “Back to School Turn-Up.” More >>
  • Social Media Night big draw at Regions Field

    Social Media Night big draw at Regions Field

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:22 AM EDT2014-07-30 11:22:59 GMT
    In Baseball, it's important to keep your eye on the ball, but local baseball fans are also keeping their eyes on social media. It's something that's helping the Birmingham Barons fill the seats for home games.Lynnsey Nowell says, "I keep up with a lot of things around Birmingham through Facebook, Twitter, Instragram. I'm one of those people always re-posting stuff." It's that effort that scored Nowell free tickets to Tuesday night' s Barons Game.She also threw the first pitch.Nowell says, "I'...More >>
    In Baseball, it's important to keep your eye on the ball, but local baseball fans are also keeping their eyes on social media. It's something that's helping the Birmingham Barons fill the seats for home games.Lynnsey Nowell says, "I keep up with a lot of things around Birmingham through Facebook, Twitter, Instragram. I'm one of those people always re-posting stuff." It's that effort that scored Nowell free tickets to Tuesday night' s Barons Game.She also threw the first pitch.Nowell says, "I'...More >>
  • Jews and Christians pack out the Levite Community Center for the largest rally since 1974

    Jews and Christians pack out the Levite Community Center for the largest rally since 1974

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:13:13 GMT
    The guns and rockets are on the other side of the world but the conflict is impacting people in Alabama.More >>
    The guns and rockets are on the other side of the world but the conflict is impacting people in Alabama.More >>
  • Shelby wants plan to fix Central Alabama VA

    Shelby wants plan to fix Central Alabama VA

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:19 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:19:22 GMT
    U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today sent a letter with U.S. Representative Martha Roby to VA Secretary Robert McDonald, who was confirmed by the Senate Tuesday. The letter requests that Secretary McDonald provide a plan within 60 days that identifies the problems at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System, what can be done to correct them, and a timeline for implementation. It also requests that Secretary McDonald visit the facility in Montgomery with Senator Shelby and Represe...More >>
    U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today sent a letter with U.S. Representative Martha Roby to VA Secretary Robert McDonald, who was confirmed by the Senate Tuesday. The letter requests that Secretary McDonald provide a plan within 60 days that identifies the problems at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System, what can be done to correct them, and a timeline for implementation. It also requests that Secretary McDonald visit the facility in Montgomery with Senator Shelby and Represe...More >>
  • Sam factor prepares Rams for sensitivity session

    Sam factor prepares Rams for sensitivity session

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:26 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:26:35 GMT
    To guard against another Miami Dolphins bullying scandal, NFL teams are holding sensitivity sessions during training camp.More >>
    To guard against another bullying scandal, NFL teams are holding sensitivity sessions during training camp.More >>