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Juror who triggered retrial in Grand Junction murder trial by lying gets 10 days in jail, fine


GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado — A juror accused of lying about her experience with domestic violence, triggering a retrial in a murder case in Grand Junction, has been sentenced to 10 days in jail and fined $10,000.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports (http://goo.gl/ImGq3I ) 56-year-old Marilyn Charlesworth was sentenced Friday for contempt of court and must report to jail July 12.

A judge ruled in April that Charlesworth "willfully failed" to accurately answer a questionnaire before jury service in Michael Blagg's 2004 murder trial.

Blagg was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison for the 2001 shooting death of his wife, Jennifer Blagg. A judge later determined that Charlesworth lied when she said she had never experienced domestic violence because she wanted to sit in judgment of Blagg, whose new trial is scheduled next spring.

Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com

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