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Rosenbaum trial: Juror replaced, jury ordered to restart deliberations in foster parents murder trial

The matter took prominence in the murder trial against Jennifer and Joseph Rosenbaum after a juror spoke to a newspaper reporter on Tuesday.

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. — The judge replaced a juror and ordered the jury to restart deliberations Wednesday in the trial of the foster parents charged in the death of a 2-year-old child.

Jennifer and Joseph Rosenbaum have been charged with murder in the 2015 death of 2-year-old Laila Daniel, who was in their foster care.

Judge Brian J. Amero denied a second request for a mistrial on Wednesday, saying the jury will now be sequestered as they deliberate. 

A single juror who spoke to a reporter from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday was replaced.

The jury was also instructed to restart their deliberations. 

The defense first asked for a mistrial on Tuesday afternoon after a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke to a juror during a break. The reporter and juror both said the interaction was brief and not substantive. Judge Amero denied that request.

The defense motioned for a mistrial again on Wednesday on the grounds that media coverage had been prejudicial against the Rosenbaums, arguing that livestreams of the trial had shown moments in court that were not supposed to be broadcast, and outlets had published coverage that was inaccurate and biased against her clients.

Defense attorney Corinne Mull said there was too much media coverage that was “unduly extensive, factually incorrect, inflammatory and prejudicial against defendants.”

The prosecution characterized that argument as “grasping at straws.”

The Henry County Superior Court judge denied the motion.

Later Wednesday afternoon, the defense once again sought a mistrial after a juror allegedly uploaded a photo (unrelated to the trial) to a social media account. the judge denied the motion.

The judge offered to order the jury dinner as they continued to deliberate past 5 p.m., which has been the time that the court typically went home throughout the trial. They stayed late into the evening until they were sent to their hotel.

Closing arguments were made Friday, and the jury began deliberating Monday morning.

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DAY ONE: ‘Liars, abusers and murderers:’ Prosecutors say Rosenbaums lived a life of lies

DAY TWO: Facebook messages, phone recordings introduced as Laila Daniel’s mom testifies in foster parents murder trial

DAY THREE: 'It hurt': 7-year-old details spankings, belt use at trial of 2-year-old sister's alleged murder by foster parents

DAY FOUR:  Mistakes made by DFCS workers are focus of Rosenbaum foster child murder trial

DAY FIVE: 'Night stick fracture': Doctor testifies about broken bones suffered by Laila Daniel

DAY SIX: Foster mom cries in court while listening to 911 call from day of Laila Daniel’s death

DAY SEVEN: ‘Millie told me Laila had been asleep’: ER nurse who treated girls on day Laila Daniel died

DAY EIGHT: Foster mother cries during police interview shortly after Laila Daniel’s death

DAY NINE: 'Significant blunt impact trauma:' Medical examiner says Laila Daniel did not die from choking

DAY TEN: First defense witness spars with prosecutors in foster parents murder trial

DAY ELEVEN: Joseph Rosenbaum’s sister testifies about happy family in foster parent murder trial

DAY TWELVE: Defense expert says toddler killed by foster mom’s ‘panicked attempt to save Laila’s life’

DAY THIRTEEN: A ‘façade’ versus ‘accident’: Closings arguments in foster parent murder trial

DAY FOURTEEN: Awaiting the verdict in the foster parent murder trial

DAY FIFTEEN: As jury deliberates, judge reprimands AJC reporter accused of speaking to Rosenbaum juror on break


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