Miss­ing per­son was on a jury

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waco, texas» One ju­ror in a Cen­tral Texas rob­bery trial ap­par­ently for­got to tell her fam­ily she’d be work­ing late de­lib­er­at­ing in the case, prompt­ing rel­a­tives to file a miss­ing per­son re­port.

The ju­ror had been work­ing late Thurs­day evening with fel­low ju­rors in the McLen­nan County Court­house and ap­par­ently had failed to let her fam­ily know about it, the Waco Tri­buneHer­ald re­ported Satur­day.

Her fam­ily filed a miss­ing per­son re­port with Waco po­lice, which sent two of­fi­cers to the court­house to check on the woman’s where­abouts and to make sure she was still on jury duty.

Ju­rors were still work­ing at 11:45 p.m. when the of­fi­cers in­ter­rupted their de­lib­er­a­tions.

The of­fi­cers were told the ju­ror was fine and was in­side the jury room with other ju­rors.

Judge Ralph Strother said in his 21 years in the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem, this was the first time some­one had filed a miss­ing per­son re­port for some­one on jury duty.

The ju­rors got ab­sorbed in their de­lib­er­a­tions but of­fi­cials don’t want them to “take it so se­ri­ously that they for­get their fam­i­lies,” he said.

“From our per­spec­tive, it kind of brought a bit of comic re­lief from a very in­tense trial,” Strother said.

The ju­rors con­tin­ued de­lib­er­at­ing un­til early Fri­day morn­ing when the de­fen­dant in the case, 23-year-old Wil­liam Tre­vunte Brown, pleaded guilty as part of an agree­ment with pros­e­cu­tors for rob­bing a smoke shop.

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