Posted on November 10, 2011 at 7:44 AM
Friday, Nov 22 at 7:22 PM
SPOKANE-- A judge will decide Thursday if Karl Thompson’s defense team can question some members of the jury about watching television during the trial.
The jury found Thompson guilty of using excessive force with Otto Zehm in 2006 and lying about it last week.
The original dispatch call about Zehm in 2006 said he was a suspect in at ATM burglary. It was later determined he did not steal any money. During the trial, the judge ruled that any information related to Zehm’s possible guilt or innocence in the confrontation must be kept out of proceedings. Jurors were supposed to make their decisions based on the facts Thompson had at the time.
After the guilty verdict was read, Thompson’s attorneys said they saw jurors watching TV when a ticker ran on the bottom of the screen on KREM 2’s sister station Northwest Cable News, which airs in Yakima where the trial was held. The scroll described Zehm as a “mentally ill janitor.”
The judge asked for more information from the defense and prosecution leading up to today’s ruling.