Deliberations by Texas jury prompts missing person report

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WACO, Texas (AP) — 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 Waco Tribune-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2fWSJgi ) the juror was working late Thursday with fellow jurors in the McLennan County Courthouse when police interrupted their deliberations.

Judge Ralph Strother says 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.

Strother says the jurors got absorbed in their deliberations but officials don’t want them to “take it so seriously that they forget their families.”

The jurors continued deliberating until early Friday morning when the defendant in the case pleaded guilty.

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