OXFORD, N.C. — The jury in a North Carolina murder trial was sent home for the weekend after one juror asked to be excused from deliberations.
WRAL-TV reports the jury in the trial of 24-year-old Eric Campbell of Alvin, Texas, sent a note to the judge on Friday, saying one juror wanted to be dismissed “due to being unable to properly evaluate the case.”
Defense attorney Amos Tyndall said he would be “uncomfortable” with 11 jurors. Prosecutors said they are trying to avoid a mistrial.
Campbell faces multiple charges, including first-degree murder, in the 2014 deaths of 73-year-old Jerome Faulkner and his 62-year-old wife, Dora.
If Campbell is convicted of first-degree murder, he could face the death penalty.
Campbell’s father, Edward, was also charged, but killed himself in Raleigh’s Central Prison.
Information from: WRAL-TV, http://www.wral.com