CUERO – The Crossroads’ first jury trial of the pandemic was declared a mistrial after a prospective juror who had not exhibited any symptoms found out she had tested positive for COVID-19 during the jury panel’s lunch break.
DeWitt County officials had been preparing for the 24th district’s first trial since March for weeks. Extra jurors were summoned. Seats in the courtroom’s gallery and balcony were marked off with orange string. Sheriff’s deputies stood at the courthouse doors to question jurors about symptoms and viral exposure, administer temperature checks and dole out hand sanitizer. Deputy clerks handed out clear plastic face shields to every prospective juror.