published Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Juror dismissed in Craft trial

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RINGGOLD, Ga. — An alternate juror was struck from the Tonya Craft trial panel this afternoon after allegations that he might have formed an opinion in the case.

A former kindergarten teacher, Ms. Craft faces 22 counts of child molestation, aggravated sexual battery and aggravated child molestation involving three children.

She has maintained her innocence since being charged on June 11, 2008.

Judge Brian House sent the jury out to hear allegations that the juror had expressed dissatisfaction with being chosen for the panel and hostility toward the prosecution.

According to testimony Wednesday, the juror told his wife, who told a friend.

The friend, a lunch staff worker at Chickmauga Elementary School, testified on the witness stand to what the wife said. Judge House did not ask the juror to speak.

Wednesday’s trial action concerned prosecution testimony from a 9=year-old who is an alleged victim in the case. The defense began cross-examining the child and will continue Thursday.

An expert witness also is expected to take the stand Thursday before the other two children testify, court officials said.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing ...

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