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.

Mark Rosenberg reports on rural community life for the Victoria Advocate as a Report for America corps member. He can be reached at or 361-574-1264 or on Twitter at @markrosenberg32. To support local journalism at the Advocate through Report for America, go to

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Mark Rosenberg writes about rural community life for the Advocate as a Report for America corps member. He covers Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, and Refugio counties. Questions or tips? Contact: or call 361-574-1264.

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Amber Fitts

Are they going to give everyone a free Covid-19 test since they were ask to remove their mask and just use the shield that does not really offer much protection? I am upset that facial expressions where chosen over peoples health and protecting them from this horrible virus!

Amber Fitts


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