We have now learned why a judge set aside the guilty verdict of Jalen Everett, the man originally convicted of murder in connection with the deadly mass shooting outside of the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester.
News 8 obtained the court paperwork on Friday.
From the court transcripts that were obtained, it appears that juror number three was a driving force for why the decision was set aside. According to the transcripts, juror number ten had contacted the judge’s chambers after the verdict had been returned to inform him of juror number three’s alleged attempts to sway the jury towards a guilty verdict.
Juror number ten told Judge Randall and the attorney’s for both sides about racist comments that were made, during the trial and before the verdict was returned.
Juror number three also allegedly told the jurors about information he had learned through the media, including that Blackshell had already been convicted in this case and that Everett was arrested trying to flee.
Juror number three also allegedly told the other jurors that Blackshell had admitted to police that Everett and Michael Mathis were in the car with him during the shooting.
The District Attorney’s Office says it is conducting it’s own investigation to decide what to do next.
Read the full paperwork below: