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Juror has explaining to do about letters, research

A juror who wrote a defendant in a murder case sexually explicit letters will be ordered to appear in court to answer questions about why and when she communicated with the defendant and researched the case.

Attorney Keith Brower, who defended Ricky Vazquez during a murder trial last month, said Tuesday that he will subpoena juror Marnie Ramirez.

“She needs to explain the time frame of what she did and when she did it,” Brower said. She is expected to be in District Court on Dec. 1.

Brower asked District Judge Valerie Adair for a new trial for Vazquez, 27, after it was learned that Ramirez had researched the case.

Ramirez, 21, previously said she never researched the case or communicated with Vazquez while she served on the jury, which would be possible grounds for a mistrial.

In her letters, she wrote that she is a sex addict and flirted with Vazquez. She sent at least four letters to him and visited him at the county jail twice.

Vazquez was on trial last month for the 2006 slaying of Richard Morris during a robbery. The jury convicted his co-defendant, Lee Vincent, 24, of first-degree murder. The jury convicted Vazquez of second-degree murder.

Contact reporter David Kihara at dkihara@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-1039.

 

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