7/23/09 – Alamo jurors send questions to judge

Texarkana Gazette
July 23, 2009
By: Lynn LaRowe

Alamo jurors send questions to judge

A few minutes after 11 a.m. the jury seated to decide the fate of Tony Alamo submitted a note with two questions to the court.

U.S. District Judge Harry Barnes, a court reporter, Alamo, prosecutors and defense attorneys met in chambers. There Barnes revealed the content of the note and the answer he would give to the jury.

Members of the defense declined to disclose the nature of the questions but said it did indicate the jury was giving considerable thought to the 10 individual counts with which Alamo is charged. Each accuses him of taking young girls across state lines for sex.

“The note demonstrates that the jury is thinking their way through the charge and the law that the court’s given them,” said Alamo’s lead defense attorney, Don Ervin of Houston. “This may take longer than many anticipated.”

In: 2009 - (Trial year)

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