New trial ordered for Michael Blagg due to juror issue; Mesa County man convicted of killing wife

Blagg is serving life in prison without parole

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A Mesa County man convicted of killing his wife is getting a new trial because a juror lied about having experienced domestic violence.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports that Michael Blagg will be re-tried for the 2001 death of his wife, Jennifer.

Mesa County Chief Judge David Bottger ordered the new trial on Wednesday. He found that a member of Blagg's jury in 2004 deliberately misrepresented her background and had an "agenda" to sit in judgment of Blagg.

The juror said she'd forgotten about past instances of domestic violence. The judge concluded that the former juror wasn't credible and that her answer on the juror questionnaire means Blagg should be re-tried.

The 51-year-old Blagg is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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