CarePay trial: Further trial delay as juror falls ill

The criminal trial of Canover Watson and his former personal assistant Miriam Rodriguez was delayed for a third straight day Thursday. 

The delay Thursday was not due to concerns over potential new evidence, but rather to a juror falling ill and being admitted to the hospital. 

The nature of the juror’s illness was not discussed in the court. Judge Michael Mettyear merely informed the remaining six jurors Thursday that he wished the seventh member a speedy recovery and sent them home for the day. 

It was not known by press time if the trial would continue on Friday. 

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, the trial was also not held due to attorneys reviewing potential new evidence in the case. 

Mr. Mettyear informed trial jurors Tuesday morning that the evidence consisted of information contained on seven USB computer memory sticks, often called “jump drives,” that were found in Watson’s office the day of his Aug. 28, 2014 arrest. 

Information contained on those jump drives – literally thousands of separate computer files – initially thought to have been lost, have been recovered, the jury was told. 

Attorneys had completed their review of that information and were ready to start trial testimony again on Thursday morning when news of the juror’s illness was received. 

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