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Juror admits to having note in deliberations in Jefferson County murder trial

January 08, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A juror in the Raymond Hoak voluntary manslaughter trial in November testified Monday in a hearing that she was the juror who had a note with penalties for possible verdicts written on it.

Jurors are not supposed to have penalties for possible verdicts, and Hoak's attorney Paul Taylor is asking Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr. for a new trial for Hoak because of the discovery of the note.

Mary Mauck testified that the note was "for me only" and was not shared with other jurors.

Other jurors said they remembered conversations about sentences when they were deliberating on a verdict for Hoak.

Norma Dale, another juror in the Hoak trial, testified Monday that the conversations about sentences were not substantial.

"There was certainly no in-depth discussions about sentencings," Dale testified.

Because Taylor could not find a 12th juror to question about the note, Steptoe agreed to continue the hearing to allow Taylor more time to find the juror.

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The hearing was continued until Jan. 24.

Hoak, of Kearneysville, W.Va., was convicted Nov. 20 of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Larry Hose, 29, also of Kearneysville, outside Images nightclub along W.Va. 51 west of Charles Town.

Hoak has not been sentenced.

Hoak at one time had an affair with Hose's former wife and there had been a long-running feud between the men, according to testimony.

Jurors in Hoak's trial had a choice of three verdicts, including first-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and not guilty.

After jurors reached a verdict of voluntary manslaughter, a bailiff discovered the note on a white piece of paper in Steptoe's courtroom.

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