The juror panel for the domestic violence trial of Jacob Siegfried must start from scratch today, after a juror on the original panel was removed Friday.
Siegfried faces 11 counts of stalking, criminal threats, depriving a custodial parent of a child, making annoying telephone calls, spousal abuse, disobeying court orders and resisting arrest in two separate incidents involving the mother of his child.
He was initially arrested in early September 2011 after he allegedly refused to return the 3-year-old boy to the custodial mother after taking him to Burning Man, and then threatening to take him to San Diego or Arizona. After the mother told him she would call law enforcement, he allegedly threatened to slit their son’s throat and also allegedly made threats to beat her and stab her. In November of that same year, Siegfried allegedly grabbed his ex-girlfriend by the hair and tried to pull her into his vehicle during a child custody exchange.
The trial got under way June 19 and wrapped up June 27. According to Siegfried’s court-appointed defense attorney, Stephen Munkelt, on Friday, the jury foreperson indicated to the judge that the panel was unable to work with one of the jurors.
The juror was removed, and an alternate will be substituted in, Munkelt said. The jury will begin deliberating this morning.
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