A juror in the Alex Midyette child abuse trial said the actions of two jurors quickly became "inappropriate" before they were dismissed.
Angela Wainwright, 36, talked to our partners at the Boulder Daily Camera after the guilty verdict was delivered against Midyette.
She said two jurors in their 20s appeared to have a budding romance that included "snuggling and smooching" in the hallways and parks. During the trial, which included graphic testimony about injuries to Midyette's 11-week-old son, the woman would drape her leg over the leg of the other juror she was involved with.
According to the report, the actions of the two jurors made the other jurors feel uncomfortable.
"It was inappropriate," she told the Daily Camera. "We were taking the trial really seriously. And they were always in the corner she would be on his lap."
Midyette was convicted of criminally negligent child abuse resulting in death in the case. He was immediately taken into custody but his family posted a $1.5 million bond Tuesday night. He will remain free until his sentencing. A sentencing date will be decided at a Thursday hearing.
He faces up to 16 years in prison.
Midyette was found not guilty of a more serious charge of knowingly or recklessly causing the injuries that led to his son's death. That charge carried a prison term of up to 48 years.
His wife, Molly Midyette, was convicted of child abuse in December 2007 for failing to get medical attention for Jason. She is serving a 16-year sentence.
Read more in the Boulder Daily Camera.
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