Juror Removed in Teacher's Sex Trial

By: News 10
By: News 10

A juror was removed from the trial of a former Okemos High School teacher Wednesday morning, after she was seen speaking with a member of William Polston's family.

A security guard witnessed the female juror talking with the family member after court Tuesday.

The juror told the judge Wednesday morning she had worked with the man at a Lansing gas station 15 years ago. The juror says she asked him about family but not about the case. She says they did not discuss the case.

The prosecution wanted the juror off of the case as a result of the conversation. The defense did not have a problem with keeping the juror on the case. The judge decided to dismiss her, saying it was better to be safe than sorry.

The removal doesn't jeopardize the trial. 13 jurors remain. 12 are needed for a verdict.

The judge told the remaining jurors Wednesday morning that they are not to talk to anyone about the case.

Polston is on trial in Eaton County, accused of having sex with a former student while he was a teacher at Okemos High School.

Okemos school officials are on the stand Wednesday morning. The defense should begin its case Wednesday afternoon.

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